New to ICU

  1. I am a new grad and I am on orientation for the ICU, any ideas for me, I am so scared.
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    About RNKay31

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    First year in Nursing
    Specialty: Clinical exp in OB, psy, med-surg, peds


  3. by   Ruby Vee
    [font="comic sans ms"]congratulations on your new job!

    you're going to be learning a lot of new things in a very short time. there will be homework. make sure you do the reading at home that your preceptor suggests. don't plan on having much of a life outside of work right away.

    make sure you ask questions when you're unsure of something. if an experienced icu nurse takes the time to explain something to you, listen. then thank them for their time.

    pay attention in class, ask questions, and try to relate it to something on the unit.

    nursing is stressful. in an intensive care unit, sometimes patients need care immediately and your preceptor doesn't have time to stop and explain things to you. it doesn't mean she doesn't like you, is insensitive or shouldn't be precepting. remember your questions so you can ask them later, when things settle down.

    by the same token, icu nurses seem to have strong personalities. some of us are direct. if we tell you "you'll have a problem if you do it that way; you should do it this way," understand that they're trying to save you some problems. they aren't trying to insult or humiliate you, tell you you're worthless or stupid or make you cry. they're just trying to help you. don't get insulted, humiliated or cry. just do it this way.

    good luck -- i hope your preceptor is talented and understanding and that all of your experiences are good ones.
  4. by   gracie05
    I am closing in on one year in the ICU and I think one of the most important things you can do for yourself is realize that it will take A LONG TIME to feel even semi-comfortable there. I still am not 100% comfortable and know that I won't be for awhile. You will learn a lot and will feel stupid...a lot! Try to learn as much as you can from each patient and listen to the seasoned nurses...they are a gold mine of information. Good luck and Congrats!!