Quote from saza323
I got accepted into the Summer Nurse Extern program at CMC Dallas in the PICU/Surgical Trauma department.
Did anyone get the opportunity to see what the externs got to do? Is this a good department to learn in? How does the PICU/ Surgical Trauma department differ from the PICU? Hopefully that's not a silly question. Any information you could provide me with would be great!
The Surgical Trauma ICU deals with patients we get who have been traumatically injured due to MVA or other accident (fall from height, diving accidents, ATV accidents, non accidental trauma, et cetera.
During this time you will be taught the "Children's" way of doing things, you will be able to see what critical care nurses do on a daily basis and work alongside them to care for the kiddos. Any opportunities you have to learn in the PICU, I advise you to take advantage of them. They have grand rounds every month that present a different topic and the effect on the peds population - it's an excellent learning opportunity. The experience you will gain will depend on many factors, your willingness to learn being the most important one. You will be able to start IVs after demonstrating proficiency, change dressings (CL, CT, PICC line, ostomy), you will get the opportunity to practice your assesments and learn the finer points of critical care.
Best of luck with your position.
One to one tonight