Once you go ICU, you never go back..... - page 2

OMG, I just finished my first weekend of orientation on the unit.....and I loved it! I don't think there's anywhere else in the hospital that I'd want to work after experiencing this. All the staff... Read More

  1. by   Little One2
    I spent a couple of mouths training and studying to work in an icu in Toronto.

    I ended up quitting because of the lack of support from the nurses and the faciltators. They provided no motivation or incentive to be there.

    I really want to work in an ICU. I will go back soon. I miss it already. I will just have to find an icu which has good people to work with.

    Propofol can cause you to have exotic dreams.
  2. by   gwenith
    Our ICU scene is different here in Australia we have fewer support staff but a higher nurse patient ratio which allows us to use less sedaiton. We often have patients on no sedation ventilated! Don't get me wrong the guy who invented Propofol is on the top of my BLESS YOU list but we seem to be more aggressive in keeping them awake. Having said that I have spent more years than I like to admit either teaching or working in ICU. DO I love it? YES but recently I found out how much I enjoy CCU - same high intensity but you get to talk to the patients, teach them and yes, have fun with them. (Better order your bedpans now before the goverment slaps a tax on them) I enjoy working ED but again often use quick quips to make the day better. My point (I do have one) is that although it is possible to enjoy what you are doing no matter where you are, there are jobs I could never do and I daily thank god that there are people out there who not only enjoy working in those fields but revel in it.
    Last edit by gwenith on Apr 7, '03
  3. by   RoadRunner
    Like JMP, I think too that ICU is the best kept secret of the hospital. I hardly see myself work anywhere else than there. It's been 12 years... and counting!!!
  4. by   nimbex
    So glad you've found yourself a place that you love.... that'll show!!! I've been in it 6 years... some tough times lately with short staffing.... helping patients and families through their toughest crisis is so REWARDING....

    My favorite success story.... patient that has been in the unit basically 5 months, trached on vent... had stroked,,,, we didn't think there was much upstairs... never followed directions.... just got him off the vent... put a passy miur valve on him and he started JUST TALKING TO US!!!!!! With tears billowing down my face, I called his wife at 6am so he could say "good morning.... he turned, looked at me and said.... "that's my beautiful wife"....

    No other profession can compare.... glad you found your niche...
  5. by   New CCU RN
    Thats a great story nimbex.
  6. by   LuvLife
    Ohh my gosh Nimbex. I am getting teary now! I love stories like that!
  7. by   nimbex
    got the klenex out guys, I am crying again.... thanks for enjoying sharing it too.
  8. by   New CCU RN
  9. by   RNforLongTime
    I made the switch from Med-Surg to ICU nursing about a year ago. The things that I have learned in this past year is abssolutely amazing. I left my last ICU job due to unsupportive staff and the fact that I wanted a bigger challenge than a rural ICU could offer. I now work in a level 2 Trauma Center. I love it. Sure there are some nights when I question my career choice. Such as tonight and I have a 3 pt assignment. Two of which could probably be transferred out to the floor.

    Anne, I'm so glad that you love ICU. My fave pt's are SIR, Sedated, Intubated and Restrained!!!! Gotta love Diprivan!!!!!!!! Good Luck!!!!
  10. by   OrthoNutter
    Originally posted by New CCU RN
    BTW... did any of you know that Diprivan can cause erotic dreams in the patients? It supposedly can also turn urine green.
    If that's true, I need to get me some....and not for the green urine either! :P
  11. by   Jenny P
    I've been in ICUs for 30 years; I love it! BUT I have worked in a unit where the nurse patient ratio is 1:1 or 1:2; occasionally we even have 2NURSES to 1 patient when they are REALLY sick! any vented pateint is 1:1 as is any unstable patient. If they are extubated and fast tracking out of ICU, or on a stable gtt rate, then they are 1:2. We do not routinely sedate nor restrain our patients. The patients are treated with with respect and care. I LOVE THIS UNIT!
  12. by   New CCU RN
    HAHA...well, a drug rep for Diprivan told us a story about a pt who after extubation claimed that various erotic acts occured during her intubation. Supposedly, according to the drug rep and then validated by asking other nurses, this is indeed possible. Now, I don't have any sites to back up the erotic dream thing..... LOL.. but the green urine I do if you are interested..
  13. by   New CCU RN

    You have 1:1 for a vent! Wow! Last night I had a patient that had just resp arrested and got tubed and was hypotensive and then admitted another with a pons bleed on the vent....doing all the lifenet stuff to keep his organs alive/counsel the family.

    I feel our unit is safely staffed.... cannot imagine doing 1:1 for a vent.

    We don't oversedate our patients but we do use some in order to control the pain of being intubated and their restlessness... how do you overcome that if they are not sedated? Also, I don't see what sedation and restraints has to do with respect and care... you need to ensure their comfort and safety...