I am an RN and I am thinking about changing from med surg to ICU. Is that a good idea? I have been a nurse for 1 1/2 years. My is a small community hospital. Our ICU holds 4-5 beds. I would like some information from other ICU nurses. Any info would be appreciated.
Aug 6, '02
Did it myself about a year ago and never looked back. Just understand that you really don't know anything right now, but you will learn a ton in your first few shifts, and hopfully you get a good orientation.
Aug 6, '02
Thanks for the info kewlnurse. How long should the orientation be?
Aug 9, '02
hey, with a year and half, you should have quite a few basic skills down, this REALLY helps!!!!
We give new and floor RN's 12 weeks which includes classes for hemodynamics, iCU drugs, pacemakers, EKG, Resperatory (vents and ABG's), and IABP(I don't think you'll be doing that?).
You can do it !!!! BUt you'll need to read alot at home.
I don't know how your orientation will be, (many people feel differently about this..) but My experience in training others has shown me that one preceptor works best, that way I am completely familiar with your strenghts, weaknesses and clinical experience needs. When you float around between preceptors, it can be like starting over some days... just food for thought
I'm excitied for you.... Good luck!