CVICU Nursing

  1. Hi,

    I recently graduated from nursing school and was hired directly the the CVICU of a large city hospital. Any tips for getting started? I interned here, so I know what to expect and feel comfortable working with the staff. Any ICU/Cardiac tips would be greatly appreciated. I started a notebook the other day with notes about EKGs/cardiac meds/hemodynamics/ABGs/etc. that I can pull out in case I need a reference.

    I will also be taking boards shortly after I start, so any tips about studying for the NCLEX or what to expect would be appreciated as well.

    Thanks so much!!!
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    About Catherine,RN

    Joined: Jan '11; Posts: 14; Likes: 2
    Registered Nurse; from US
    Specialty: Cardiac ICU/ Telemetry


  3. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    You might try searching/posting in the critical care specialty section (CCU/MICU). You may get a better response or even find what you are looking for there.

    Good luck!

    Forgot to mention my favorite resource: Tons of info. i bought the actual book but you can search online for free.
  4. by   Catherine,RN
    Thanks for the website. It is EXCELLENT!!!!!!!
  5. by   cheddaz
    Will you being completing AACN ECCO? Very informative-especially if you have the notes for it.
  6. by   Biffbradford
    You're on the right track with keeping a small notebook or some 3x5 cards in your pocket. You'll always be coming across something that will have you think to yourself "Gee, I gotta remember that!". If nothing else, you'll pick up weird phone numbers that will come in handy later on. "Oh, why don't you just call the on-call radiologist and have them read that xray right away? Here's their phone number ..... " or "Yes, there is a hotel right up the road that families often stay at - here's their number .... " That, or normal PA pressures, CVPs, ACLS cards, etc.
  7. by   Catherine,RN
    thanks everyone for replying You've given me some great ideas.
  8. by   Catherine,RN
    Quote from cheddaz
    Will you being completing AACN ECCO? Very informative-especially if you have the notes for it.

    I do not believe this is included in orientation. I believe we will be completing it at a latter date.