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  1. what to expect during a buddy shift?
    I'm not familiar with the term "buddy shift" but I'm assuming you just mean your first day with your preceptor? I understand that you are currently an ICU nurse so I would imagine it to be similar...
    Jan 9
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. Does your ICU have CNA's?
    16 bed SICU here. We have techs but unfortunately they seem to get floated more often than not. We usually have one scheduled but occasionally there are two. When they are around, they get all the...
    Jan 8
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  3. How do I get into the ICU?
    16.4%
    Dec 28, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  4. how to be a better team player when struggling with your own work?
    This could not be farther from what I experience on my unit. We are always checking in with each other, whether it's for turns or getting people out of bed or help with a blood draw or checking...
    Dec 12, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  5. Pet peeve, bad practice, or overly critical?
    Bathing seems to be the first thing people jump to, and sometimes they get too focused on that when there are other (much more pressing) things to do. Especially the new grads/orientees. Some nurses...
    Dec 11, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  6. Most drips at once
    The most I've had (minus MIVF/abx, etc) at once is 10 - levo/vaso/epi/versed/fentanyl/nimbex/insulin/bicarb/heparin/TPN, on CVVH. The patient actually lived and came walking through the unit a few...
    Oct 25, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. Yay can't wait!
    Congrats! I started as a new grad in a surgical/trauma ICU about 15 months ago. You'll be amazed with how much you're going to learn. The one thing I wish someone had told me before I started......
    Sep 9, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  8. Charge nurse taking patients in ICU
    I have only seen a charge take a patient once - and it was just one patient on floor orders awaiting a bed. What happens if you get a trainwreck admission or a patient codes? The charge should be...
    Sep 9, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  9. eICU
    I have never heard of this before. I did a little searching around and the whole concept of an eICU seems so strange to me. I can see how it would be beneficial at smaller hospitals where there...
    Sep 9, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. How is your ICU staffing done?
    We only very, very rarely will have a triple assignment and that's only if at least one of the patient's is on their way to the floor. The vast majority of the time we have a 1:2 or 1:1 ratio...
    Mar 15, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. Old/New Grad seeking ICU Internship (HELP)
    I would take the same amount of effort and determination you have been putting into an ICU position and find yourself a med/surg position. This would be much more valuable than any...
    Mar 12, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  12. blood transfusion and first 15 minutes
    I don't think anyone actually stays in the patient's room for the whole 15min where I work, but we definitely keep a close eye on the patient. I generally am in the room for about 5 minutes, and...
    Mar 11, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  13. Question for nurses working in various ICU settings
    We have some nurses on our floor who will do this but it is definitely looked down upon. I work with one nurse who, while helping me turn, kept going on and on about how if she was this patient she...
    Feb 25, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  14. Best paid nursing jobs?
    My husband is interviewing with a company in San Francisco.. just for fun I looked up RN salaries in the region. Holy. Crap. Even with the cost of living adjustment, it's still a lot of money.
    Feb 25, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  15. Able to finish all tasks in ICU?
    I try to chart everything right when it happens, but that's not always possible. AFTER I give report at the end of my shift, I take a couple minutes to make sure everything is charted appropriately....
    Feb 15, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. New grad MICU
    The previous poster said it all. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed at times. It happens. Be honest with your preceptor about how you are feeling, and if you need to take things more slowly, make...
    Feb 3, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. Is it easier to get an ICU job is I already work at the hospital?
    All of the new grads that I know that got ICU jobs worked at the hospital first, except for one with 15 years of experience as a paramedic. So yes, I would say it definitely helps. Good luck!
    Jan 4, '14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. Interview ahead, bit worried
    Congrats!! You're going to learn so much!
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  19. Interview ahead, bit worried
    My advice: do it! I started as a new grad in level 1 surg/trauma ICU in July and I'm so happy I did. I started with several other new grad RNs and we are all doing great. It was a bit intimidating...
    Dec 22, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  20. Future MICU RN
    When you apply for nursing jobs, no one is going to know or care what your grades were (especially nonnursing grades). That being said, I find myself doing quite a bit of math on a daily basis in...
    Dec 22, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  21. Any loans/aid for adn when you already have a bachelors?
    I had taken my gen ed requirements for my bachelor's at the community college where I ended up going for nursing after earning my bachelor's in sociology elsewhere. When I applied for aid, they told...
    Dec 8, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student
  22. Violent Physician
    It's disgusting that this type of behavior is tolerated. Our hospital doesn't put up with this kind of nonsense regardless of title, and for that I am thankful. He should be fired, that is...
    Dec 5, '13
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  23. Getting married after graduation... Honeymoon during orientation?
    I actually got married the weekend of graduation (5/18). We left for our honeymoon a couple days later, were gone for 2weeks. A week later, I received my ATT, and 2 weeks after that I took my...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: First Year After Nursing Licensure
  24. TICU Resource Suggestions
    Good for you!! I started in a level 1 surgical/trauma ICU as a new grad back in July. I found www.icufaqs.org to be a great resource before I started. It is not trauma specific - I believe the...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  25. 10 Things You Should Know About the First Semester of Nursing School
    I would like to counter this by saying you need to MAKE time for family/friends and little things like getting your hair done and walking your dog and pedicures and such. You could go crazy studying...
    Dec 4, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Student


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