Introducing Myself to the World of PICU and seeking encouragement!


  • Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 2 years experience.

Hi Everyone, My name is Andrea and in 1 1/2 weeks, I start a new path in my career. I am leaving the ED (adult and peds, but I usually do the peds) to go to our local Children's Hospital's PICU! It's only recently started to hit me that I am about to make such a dramatic change, and I'm getting somewhat nervous, but very excited. I got the Core Curriculum for Pediatric Intensive Care and have been reading up on things that I don't know about. There's a lot of information to be covered, and I know they don't expect me to be an expert from day 1, but I want to be well equipped when I get there. I have purchased new uniforms, new books, and everything, so I am READY!

Now just to get through that last week at my current job...

Any tips, encouragement, or advice would be greatly appreciated!


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NotReady4PrimeTime, RN

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Specializes in NICU, PICU, PCVICU and peds oncology. Has 25 years experience.

Read the stickies. We have some great contributors and there's lots of tips and advice there. :wlcmggrp: to PICU!


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Specializes in PICU/NICU. Has 14 years experience.

Welcome to the PICU!!!! I hope you love it as much as I do! Keep us posted on your orientation.... and check out this forum often, it is full of great info and great people!!!

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