OH goodness...it is almost like dealing with electronics of other types..ask a child! LOL! No but seriously...ask for a manual, or ask if another nurse can help you to understand it is my best advice! Most of the jobs I took on had a prep course in working with their equipment and inservices too (like for PIXIS, IV pumps, EKG monitors for cardiac units (how to set up on patient and change the batteries..LOL! Sometimes that seems to take a electronics degree! LOL!) ).
Keep an eye out for inservices..and
find the brand name and go to their website...talk about learning fast...it really helps to see what the manufacturer says! Thank goodness for the internet some times! LOL (you can even print off info and use it your next day!). Ask for some time with the machines in question...10 mins or so off shift or during down time....very important you know the equipment!
But may I add one little pearl of wisdom here...equipment is great..but ALWAYS look at your patient not the machine! Pulse ox can be wrong, IV pumps can be wrong, EKG's can be wrong..always look at your patient for S/Sx of probelms first..then go figuring out the machinery if your patient is okay!
Something I have learned over the years!