Hello, I am a "2nd career" rn since dec 04, and have worked on an interventional cards floor since feb 05. My problem is that I still haven't had a lot of exposure to the dire things- codes, etc, to know to be confident. I haven't had to actually defib someone yet, or put them on the zoll, or even do cpr for that matter on someone.How do I gain any confidence? I asked my manager if i could maybe shadow in an ICU, but she says no, you will see enough here. But I haven't seen enough, and it's been over a year and a half. Today my pt started floating between 3rd deg. avb, and vtach as high as 200's. managed to get the right personel involved and they sent him to the unit- but I will guarentee my hr was prob 150(no lie, i was shaking), but i knew the potential to defib him was quite the possibility.I'm finding I don't like that kind of adrenaline rush
! and I'm not sure if it's because i'm not confident, or if I need a different setting to work in.Do any of you more experienced RNs have any suggestions? Is there some other setting thats not so "exciting"? I don't know how long my heart can take that rush. I'd say it was bordering on panic, but i kept telling myself to keep my cool and do what is necessary. Whew. Thanks in advance for any advise. JR.