I just finished my first few shifts (3 to be exact) as a brand new grad in the PICU. I realize that the learning curve is steep, just as for any new grad, and I realize that things will come to me each day and that I will be precepted for 6 months. I know it seems silly, but I feel accomplished over only knowing how to fill out the flow sheet. How long has it taken others to feel that they know what to do when they get an abnormal lab value, or when to bolus a patient, or when to send labs. Sometimes I have been told, it is just something we do, and other times it is a standing order. I feel the magnitude of the PICU (which I should) and I wonder how long before it will take before my learning curve doesn't feel like Mount Everest and more like the foot hills to the Rockies.
I actually like the PICU and the nurses are very smart and really know what they are talking about. It is hard because I am so new and everyone tells me wow for day three you are ahead of the game, but it doesn't feel that way. It is hard not to compare myself to the others that were on the night shift who have 5,10 years of experience in the PICU. I am starting off on nights (7p-7am) which is good because it is not as crazy as days with all the other disciplines present, I can just focus on the nursing aspect.
I am in my frist week of PICU as a new grad. I am super scared as well. It is my dream job but I never expected to get it straight out of school. I have a blackberry tour... is there any apps that you would suggest that I download?
Last edit by me_mousie on Dec 6, '09
: Reason: I noticed my grammer :)