I have just been offered a job in a NICU which I am so so excited about, but also very nervous! I am new grad with no experience in paeds or maternity so I will have a lot to learn but up for the challenge! There is a 4 week orientation programme when I first start but I don't want to start not having a clue about anything. I am just wondering if anybody could please give me advice on the most important basic things to know or very common conditions that I will come across?
Any advice would be very much welcomed! Thanks
Advice: Settle in your mind and heart how you will face death. Working in ICU, any ICU, is like combat. You are going to fight death often, and often you will lose. Be careful not to succumb to the temptation to beat yourself up when you lose a patient. Losing a patient does not mean that you are not good enough; it means that the patient was too sick to survive. And don't doubt yourself because, even after years of experience, each death hurts just as much as the first one did. That does not mean that you are not “tough enough;” that is how you are supposed to feel in the face of tragedy. The time to quit is when you stop feeling that pain.
Best wishes, and God bless you.
Last edit by CountyRat on Apr 24, '13
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