..Before I start a new chapter in my nursing career. I've accepted a Neurosurgical and Neurotrauma ICU position in a massive teaching hospital. Despite my background in progressive care, I know I will be in a completely new world where my experience will probably count for nothing, so I'm looking to the wonderful members of allnurses for some guidance on how to prepare and how to approach this new position.
My biggest worries are:
1. I have been out of school for years. I don't even know how to assess my own knowledge of pathophysiology, and neurology was one of my weakest subjects to begin with. Joanne Hickey's Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing is on its way via Amazon. I don't think I'll be able to adequately study its contents in two weeks, but I thought it might be a good place to start. Am I right, or is this a pointless endeavor? I feel like I need to get an Assessment book while I'm at it, but I don't know if it will be a waste of money.
2. I haven't precepted under someone in a long time, at least not in a position where I need to learn a different way of nursing altogether. I know I'll need to reshape my thinking while relearning disease processes in depths that I was never required to study to function in my job on the floor. What pitfalls should I watch out for? When you precept someone, what are your expectations? How do I maximize the benefits of preceptorship in order to prepare for my future role? Would it be appropriate to ask my preceptor to teach me like I'm a new grad? Because I certainly feel like one right now.
I know I'm gonna have to overcome my own habits and instincts, but I'm so excited! I'll be dealing with fresh injuries and surgeries.. These are situations I haven't dealt with, nor had to study, since nursing school. I don't remember the nuances of the sick and injured brain, but I do remember that there are lots of them. That's kind of intimidating and scary. The rules will be different. It will probably be one of the greatest challenges of my nursing career, and I cannot wait to start.
I would really appreciate any feedback anyone can provide. Thank you in advance!