Need orientation survival tips

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    I just left ICU for the PACU after 9 years. At the beginning of the ICU career, I had an orientation from hell that I do not want to repeat, so I'm trying to keep my mouth shut, opinions to myself, and my ears and eyes open.
    I'm not sorry I left the ICU. I'm just not really enjoying orientation yet.
    I hate being new.
    I need encouraging survival tips.
    Did I mention I hate being new??
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    I left the ED for PACU 3 years ago and love it. Go to the perianesthesia nursing site http://www.aspan.org/. There is some good info there. Also study the anesthesia drugs. They make the differnece in the care you give your patients now compared to what you did in ICU. The internet is a great resource. Good luck!
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    The newness doesnt last long,hope you enjoy the change best thing I ever did
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    so, it looks like this post was posted a while back. So tell me, how is it going now?? How did orientation go? Did you survive?? I'd love to know because I'll be starting in the PACU after my maternity leave. Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated!! ~Kimmie
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    I'm almost done
    It took so long because they had me orient through the whole department... pre-op holding, Adult recovery, special procedures= line insertions, and peds, which was completely new to me.. The first couple days of peds, I wanted to hide behind the desk, but I got the hang of it, and I took PALS also, which helped.

    So just today I asked "can I please be off orientation now???" I really do feel comfortable, and I think the rest of what I need to learn will come patient by patient, and by asking questions when I need to.... not from working with a preceptor.
    So, next week, I am to have one slot all to myself, as opposed to the usual 2, hopefully, after that I'll be completely on my own. She's giving the extra time because she said a couple of others just off orientation were struggling. I think I can handle it... but if they want to give me an easy week, I'll take it.

    I like the department, I'm not sorry I left ICU. I just hope this is the job I'll love until I retire, because being new stresses me out too much.

    Good luck to you also, drop a post to let me know how it goes for you.
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    Sounds awesome. I think it's funny how you said you want to stay there until you retire. ...that's exactly what I'm looking for. Good people, good hours, good pay, a place I don't mind coming to in the morning and don't feel like I'm lugging home with me at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'll have to let you know how it goes for me ~Kimmie
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    I left the ED for PACU and I don't like it. It's boring to me.
    It isn't much of a challenge for me, maybe not fast paced anough?
    I am leaving PACU after 2 years of trying to like it, and going back to the BICU.
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    Quote from VAC
    I just left ICU for the PACU after 9 years. At the beginning of the ICU career, I had an orientation from hell that I do not want to repeat, so I'm trying to keep my mouth shut, opinions to myself, and my ears and eyes open.
    I'm not sorry I left the ICU. I'm just not really enjoying orientation yet.
    I hate being new.
    I need encouraging survival tips.
    Did I mention I hate being new??
    Im kinda in a similiar postion I started PACU about eight weeks ago and I HATE BEING NEW also.. Actually I sit here with stomach pain due to how Im being treated the last couple days, but I figure I stick it out, because I never worked were I could actually say I love my job. I guess just have to get over the bumps.. I wanted to throw ya hug and say stick with it..
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    Quote from simbaRN
    Im kinda in a similiar postion I started PACU about eight weeks ago and I HATE BEING NEW also.. Actually I sit here with stomach pain due to how Im being treated the last couple days, but I figure I stick it out, because I never worked were I could actually say I love my job. I guess just have to get over the bumps.. I wanted to throw ya hug and say stick with it..
    I'm really glad I made the switch. I loved critical care, but don't miss the 24 hour open visitation ICU climate.
    There are some days you get slammed in PACU, but it usually doesn't stay crazy for the entire shift. My ICU background makes me feel very confident, but I still ask lots of questions cause I haven't seen it all yet. Friday, they told me I was responsible for hooking up an 'on Q pain ball'. I just said "Uh, this was NOT covered in my orientation!" they laughed and showed me how to do it....easy. I'm still not to comfortable with the ortho drains that you re-infuse into the patients
    I was kind of lucky, because the OR holding area was full of ICU burnouts I used to work with. Several RN's I worked with in ICU are now CRNA's or in school, so I felt at home.
    There are one or two people who grate on my nerves, but that's going to happen on any job.
    Good luck. Hope you;re as happy with the switch as I am
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    VAC, what bothers you about the ortho re-infusion drains? Can I help? Hang in there, PACU is fun once you get past the hazing rituals ha ha(no really, they do that don't they?)
    Simba, who is treating you poorly...let me at 'em! Really, is it staff or admin or docs?
    Soapaddict, after BICU I don't know how you managed to stay in PACU for so long without losing it!


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