transitioning from Med surg ICU to Traum Neurosurgery ICU
- 0Oct 30, '12 by ICURN2011I am thinking of leaving my med/surg ICU position to a level 1 trauma/neurosurg ICU.
Stupid question but I just don't want to loose my skills with ventilated patients, am I still going to encounter ventilators in a trauma/neurosurgery ICU?
Where I work we are one to one nursing care, when I interviewed for the new position they said it is 2 to 3 patients per nurse, which makes me believe they are not ventilated, am I wrong?
Thanks in advance
- 0Oct 31, '12 by missnurse01I also was surprised at the 1:1!!
Neuro is very different , maybe less vents but I know we are a 3 state referral center and I don't like floating over there. No narcotics , sedatives bc it could cloud Neuro assessment . So they are hurting , or extremely confused and screaming half the time. Usually hemodynamically stable , rare drip or aline, no swans. Unless they are actively dying.
It is a different world . But everyone likes different things so good luck !
Many icus do three to one , it's sad.