Brand New Grad Nurse on Respiratory/Ventilator Unit

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    Hi,

    I've been browsing this forum for some time and I appreciate all of the information and links that everyone has posted. I just started as a new Grad (soon to be RN) on a ventilator unit. I am very impressed so far with the teamwork between the nursing staff and the RT staff. It is nice to know that the RTs 'have our backs' as far as the vents are concerned. If we need one of them STAT, it is amazing how fast they can get there!

    I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can about trachs, vents, etc. This is a great forum!

    Best,
    Diane
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    I just have to say that RTs ROCK!! I have ALWAYS found the RN/RT relationship harmonious on the units I've worked. We rely so much on their input and knowledge for our PICU patients!

    Oh... and welcome to the forum!
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    Hi:
    I've been reading the posts and I'm just graduating from BSN program in August. I have my RT degree and renewed my license (only 1 year experience) then decided to go for my RN. I would really like to become a pulmonary nurse but where I am doing my directed practice it doesn't appear there is a unit specific to pulmonary.

    As mentioned, I only have a year of experience and haven't practiced since 2007, but I have taken the appropriate ceu's to renew my license. Any suggestions. I am willing to leave the state I"m in (Florida).

    I would love to hear from the rn pulmonary nurses and their suggestions.
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    I worked on a pulmonary PCU floor outside Orlando. No vents-they were only in ICU. We had pneumonia, COPD exacerbations, asthma, but mostly an array of other diagnoses; chest pain, renal, diabetes, and lots of CHF. That was the most stressful job I have ever had. I had five patients and and unbelievable amount of documentation on each one. As a new grad, I was completely overwhelmed and feared losing my license right after I got it! I know that in the main hospital downtown there is no pulmonary floor. Good luck in your search.
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    Quote from felixalynn
    Hi:
    I've been reading the posts and I'm just graduating from BSN program in August. I have my RT degree and renewed my license (only 1 year experience) then decided to go for my RN. I would really like to become a pulmonary nurse but where I am doing my directed practice it doesn't appear there is a unit specific to pulmonary.

    As mentioned, I only have a year of experience and haven't practiced since 2007, but I have taken the appropriate ceu's to renew my license. Any suggestions. I am willing to leave the state I"m in (Florida).

    I would love to hear from the rn pulmonary nurses and their suggestions.
    I know this is a bit of a delay but up in Iowa in davenport genesis has a great pulmonary unit we don't get many vent most go to icu but if your willing to move this is pretty nice place to live if you can handle the cold


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