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  1. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. 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
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  3. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  6. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  8. 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
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  9. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  12. 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
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  13. Interview ahead, bit worried
    Congrats!! You're going to learn so much!
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. New Grad Journeying to the Big World of ICU Nursing
    I started as a new grad in a Surgical/Trauma ICU in July. Our orientation is 20 wks so I'm very close to the end. You will be AMAZED at how much you learn! My first month was very rough - I felt...
    Nov 21, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. OR nurse to the ICU??
    I would think you'd absolutely have an advantage over new grads getting into the ICU. Also I don't think it would be necessary to even mention that you want to be in the ICU in order to get your...
    Nov 21, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  23. new pedi burn nurse/is it just me?
    I definitely wouldn't jump to the conclusion that you aren't cut out for the ICU or burns in general! Were you a new grad nurse when you started there? I started in a Surgical/Trauma ICU in July. ...
    Nov 21, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  24. Beginner's Blues?
    I started as a new grad in a Surgical/Trauma ICU in July. The biggest things that have helped me are 1) writing EVERYTHING down. we have an excellent report/organization sheet that our manager...
    Oct 27, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. CRRT training, how much is enough?
    I wish we had a class! I took a CVVH patient with my preceptor on orientation and that was the extent of it. When I get one on my own I'm going to be a little lost.
    Sep 27, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing


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