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  1. ER to ICU orders
    We don't have any specific time frame that I'm aware of. We get all of our trauma patients right from the ER and they have always already been scanned and xrayed before they come up to us. ...
    Mar 18
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  2. Associates after Bachelors
    I have a BS in Sociology and I went back for an AAS in nursing. I wasn't aware of the one-year accelerated programs at that time; if you can spend one year getting your BSN as opposed to 2 years...
    Mar 18
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  3. How to pass CCRN?!?
    You have to watch the Gasparis DVDs. It's all I studied for endocrine/hem/renal/GI and I got 100% in 3 of those sections. Cardiac/pulmonary/neuro require more, I really liked the Ahrens Critical...
    Mar 15
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  4. what is the best practice for rotating the ETT
    We are old school (or really cheap?) and use tapes, not tube holders, so we rotate q24h when tapes are changed. Compared to q2h/q4h this seems inadequate but we don't see ETT-related pressure ulcers...
    Mar 15
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  5. art line capped..
    I have never seen this done. Arterial lines should be transduced at all times. You need to know right away if the line becomes dislodged, or your patient could lose a good amount of blood. You also...
    Mar 15
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  6. To blood sugar or not to blood sugar.  That is the question.
    It is our policy to automatically check blood sugar q6h for anyone on tube feeds or TPN. The symptoms of hyper/hypoglycemia are not obvious in intubated and sedated patients. If they are fine for a...
    Mar 14
    Forum: MICU / SICU Nursing
  7. Torn between specialties
    Your nightmare should be that you don't get offers from any area. The new grad market can be tough. In my hospital at least, a new grad would never get hired into OR or dialysis (but are often...
    Mar 13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. How do I get into the ICU?
    16.4%
    Dec 28, '14
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Interview ahead, bit worried
    Congrats!! You're going to learn so much!
    Dec 27, '13
    Forum: Critical Care Nursing


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