I just graduated with my BSN in December, have passed my boards, and am starting in a few weeks in the Neuro ICU in an Atlanta Hospital.
I want to prepare as well as I can before I actually start on the unit. I've looked throughout other threads about what to expect but just have yet to find what I'm looking for. I realize that it is going to take time working to actually learn, but I just want to try and get somewhat of a head start since I have a few weeks to prepare!
I've been googling ICU procedures, etc, and this is the list of what I have so far to review:
EVDs, Caminos, lumbar drains, ICP monitors, VAMPs, Flotracks
Mannitol, 3% Saline, steroids, paralytics, and Nimotop
Glasgow Coma Scale
Anything large in particular I'm leaving out? Does anyone have a suggestion of a book I can buy?
Thanks so much!