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This is a discussion on First Job Advice/Tips in Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance, part of Nursing Career Advice ... Hi! I was offered a position in a Step-Down/Intermediate ICU in a Trauma II facility. As part...by EMEddie Feb 17Hi!
I was offered a position in a Step-Down/Intermediate ICU in a Trauma II facility. As part of my orientation, I will be taking ACLS, TNCC, Ventilatory Support and most if not all the same classes that ICU RNs take. I am very excited for this position and the learning experience that is ahead. The orientation period is 10-12 weeks and it can be more if needed. 3 Pts per RN. What do you think about this?
Does anyone have any advice on what book I can use to prep and learn as I start my career? Will the books/guides offered here for ICU RNs apply for someone in an intermediate/stepdown ICU? What would you advice?
Finally, what general advice/tips would you share that you wish you had known when you started? I am nervous, which I am guessing its normal! lol
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- Feb 17 by RNperdiemStart with a few basic things.
Plot your route to work and an alternate route and calculate how long it takes, then add extra time it takes to walk to your unit and a little extra buffer time for traffic. Figure out what time you will need to leave home to go to work.
Start breaking in your nursing shoes if your shoes are new.
If you are not physically fit, work some exercise into your routine. Exercise is a great stress-reliever after a busy shift, and fit people can withstand long hours with less injury.
Simplify your life for the first year if you can. This is not the year to take on big responsibilities; the job will be enough for most.