Hi! I am a student graduating soon. I am very interested in working in an ICU when i graduate, especially the Neuro ICU. A hospital near me has a great Critical Care Internships for new graduates. I am HOPING i am accepted into this program. I want to work in the NICU because it seems very rewarding and I am interested in learning about all of the different equipment, etc that is used. But i am afraid that since i have NO nursing experience, it will be too overwhelming.
What is everyones impression of how New Grads fare in the NICU??
A few extra questions...
For those patients that are unresponsive, physically, what kind of care do you provide and how do you do it if they are unable to move, are heavy etc. (along the lines of toileting and bathing)
How long is the average patient there? (I know there is no exact number because everyone is different, im looking for a very general ball park average, such as, is it common for patients to spend months here? or a few days to a week?)
Lastly, any good advice for me?? Thank you!!