You're in for an exciting ride,and since you love to learn,you sound up to the challenge,and that's great! The learning curve will be a steep one,but I,and many others have done it and have lived to tell the tale :wink2:
I love the huge variety of cases that come through those doors and the fact that no two days are ever the same! I also get a tremendous
degree of satisfaction from tending a cold,disorientated,hurting patient until they are awake,alert,comfortable,warm,relieved that they really have
rejoined the world (so many are afraid of "never waking up"),surgery behind them. Love it!
Our unit is one large, C-shaped room with most everything you need right at each bay (we have 17 + an isolation rm for MRSA/VRE carriers): telephone, computer,cardiac moniter, BP monitering,oximetry,oxygen,nasal/oral airways,simple face masks,nasal cannula,suction & catheters,2 iv poles on a tract above the bed,several types of bright lights,linen,electrodes,drsgs, yada yada yada); everything else is just a few steps away. I basically only use my pocket for my calipers,pen (and lipstick!)
I went into ICU nursing 5 years into my career; been there ever since,in different settings. What a ride it's been...
Keep us posted on your progress,k?