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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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: Trauma ICU
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Interview ahead, bit worried
    Congrats!! You're going to learn so much!
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Trauma ICU
  10. 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: Trauma ICU
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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: Trauma ICU
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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: Burn ICU / Burn Unit Critical Care
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Puzzled... Pulseless VTac to v-fib but no shock?
    I'm interested if anyone has anything else to say about this - I take care of a lot of open abdomens and have never heard of any contraindications to defibrillating them.
    Sep 17, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  23. MY FIRST JOB!
    I started as a new grad in the SICU back in July. The 3 most important things I have to pass on to you are: 1) ASK QUESTIONS! Don't ever be afraid it will make you sound like you don't know what...
    Sep 17, '13
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  24. Is it age, or is it overwhelming to be a nurse?
    I just started as a new grad in July. I'm only 27, but I have some minor hip/back issues that make long hours on my feet difficult. After a 12 hour shift, I have been limping my way out to the car...
    Sep 14, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. CNA with bachelor's in biology cannot find job. What next?
    I agree with the above. I worked as a tech in the hospital during nursing school. The pay was terrific (we started at $15/hr), the schedules were flexible, and the experience was far better than...
    Aug 26, '13
    Forum: Nursing First Job Hunt Assistance


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