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  1. Starting to look like a IV drug user :/
    I have to stop using IV drugs!!!!! HAHAHA jk. I have really good veins so I usually let the new nurses and nursing students practice their IV skills on me. A little pain for the advancement of my...
    Nov 1
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. How long did you study for CCRN?
    It kinda depends what kind of facility you practice in. I was a MICU nurse in a level one facility for about a year before taking the test. I took a week off work and studied HARD for 4-5 days and...
    Oct 27
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  3. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Ya so I use ultrasound for all the difficult sticks... I still stick at least once without it to keep my skills up (unless they are +4 edema or something). Also I have 2 inch needles in all the...
    Oct 26
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  4. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Google sherlock ultrasound and you will see it.
    Oct 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  5. IS MICU/SICU too much for New Grad?
    I have to respectfully disagree with this statement. I have way more autonomy as a ICU nurse then floor nurses do. I have standing order sets that allow me to give multiple drugs without first...
    Oct 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  6. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Luckily I work in a facility that has a very strong support team plus we have procedure carts that carry just about every type of access one would need at a given moment. One technique that I have...
    Oct 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. Most drips at once
    Levo, vaso, neo, epi, dopamine, saline, albumin, blood, plasma, platelets, meropenem, vanco, TPN, acyclovir, insulin, fentanyl, and vecuronium. needless to say the patient didnt make it.
    Oct 10
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  8. My first emergent PICC insertion
    Okay I know PICCs aren't supposed to be "emergent" lines but reality dictated differently. Here is the scenario, I am an MICU nurse certified to drop PICC lines. I had a status post code from the...
    Oct 10
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  9. CMC exam
    I dont actually work in CVICU, I work in a level one MICU and we get all types of cardiac patients other than fresh hearts and balloon pumps. I pick up in our CVICU on occasion but 97% of my time is...
    Aug 29
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  10. CMC exam
    Hello all. I just passed CCRN today. Now I want to tackle the CMC exam. I scored fairly well on the cardiac portion of CCRN. Any study tools y'all recommend?
    Aug 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  11. First PICC insertion!
    Thank you !!!
    Jun 28
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  12. First PICC insertion!
    I just placed my first ultrasound guided PICC yesterday!!! It was a freaking awesome experience. I still have to get 2 more successful insertions before I can place them by myself but I am on my way!
    Jun 28
    Forum: Infusion Nursing / Intravenous Nursing
  13. Do New Graduate Nurses Need a Formal Residency Program?
    Wait what??? You had to sign a contract stating that you have to pay 12k for your residency?? Wow that is terrible. I did an ICU residency and a level one facility and I got a 4k sign on bonus and my...
    Jun 26
    Forum: Nursing Career Advice
  14. Rapid Response
    I got the position, thank you!
    Jun 23
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  15. Rapid Response
    In my facility there are Rapid nurses from all the critical care areas although the vast majority come from SICU and MICU. To answer your question, there is always as dedicated RRT nurse available...
    Jun 17
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  16. Rapid Response
    Does your facility have dedicated RRT nurses or are they staff nurses who have one or 2 RRT shifts a week? At our facility I work staff in MICU and then once a week I am a rapid response nurse with...
    Jun 16
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  17. Why PPI in GI bleed?
    Well said. In cases that bleeding is caused by esophageal varices we also use octriotide which also decreases pepsin (decreases gastric acidity). In addition to decreasing gastric acidity it also...
    Jun 15
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  18. What I Would Love To Send to My Hospital's Inpatient DON
    Wow I didn't realize that this was not standard of care. I guess I have been sheltered working for my institution..... The things I have taken for granted O_o
    Jun 15
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    There is no better feeling as a nurse then to know you truly beat death...Running a code yourself, making all the decisions, getting the patient back and then managing that patient in the ICU until...
    Jun 3
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  20. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    hand to hand combat with the Grim Reaper. That is what I am talking about.... Thats why I come back day after day. 14525
    Jun 3
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  21. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    This is something you will have to do some soul searching on. I believe it is very doable to jump straight into ICU as a new grad and many people excel when put in that situation. The thing is, there...
    Jun 1
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  22. Working extra in CICU
    I generally work Medical ICU and Rapid response at my hospital. I was asked by the director of CICU to pick up a few days in their unit. Is there anything drastic I need to know about before I work...
    Jun 1
    Forum: CCU Nursing / Coronary / Cardiac
  23. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    I recommend starting ICU as a new grad as long as you are willing to put in the time outside of work to learn everything you need to know. I started in the ICU as a new grad and it was an awesome and...
    May 21
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    Oh that is sweet. When you said texas tech I assumed you were going to be in lubbock. Parkland is amazing! I wish you the best of luck in your career.
    May 21
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  25. Just a little advice after a year in the ICU.
    Ohhh that is a very polarizing question on the differences between ED and ICU lol. I will first start by saying that I have never worked in the ED except for when I am there as a rapid response...
    May 20
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing


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