I am a new grad RN and I will be starting in a level 2 trauma ICU at the end of next month. I will have a 12 week orientation period with a combination of hospital days with a preceptor and classes, but I am wondering if anyone can give me any advice on how I can prepare myself before I begin, since I have about a month? For instance, any books that would be helpful related to trauma/critical care, common medications that I should familiarize myself with, etc.
I am also interested in hearing from someone who works on a trauma unit, and what you think of it...my preceptorship experience was on a med/surg ICU, so I am not sure how different this unit will be!
Thank you in advance!