I just graduated from an LPN program in July. I take my boards sept 30. I plan on getting my RN sooner rather than later and am very interested in Neuro ICU.
I have worked for a physical med and rehab facility since 1998 with an emphasis on TBI. I love my brain injuries and do well with stroke too. ICU intrigues me and the draw is one on one care-giving all I can to a small number of patients while I am there, hopefully making a difference in their day-no matter how small it may be.
Having worked with TBI for a while, does this background help with my future desires to work ICU? I am told I am pretty smart and "get" TBI. Granted, we get them after you all have made them stable and pretty much kept them alive. I get to see them walk, talk, eat and go home when they came to us with traches, gtubes, IVs, foleys, semi-comatose and what not.
There is so much knowledge that goes into that kind of care-what can you pass along my way? It helps that my mother is a primary TBI RN and has been for 25 years so I have been around brain injuries atleast that long-my step father was the spinal cord primary nurse. I had great mentors.
Anyway, this is kinda choppy but I'd love to hear what you all love and hate about ICU and any suggestions to pass my way.
Sep 4, '06
I love the challenge of anticipating every need your patient cannot tell you about.
Do not minimize the knowledge and experience you will bring to ICU - it is a totally different perspective, but just as valuable as immediate post-injury care. The main difference I guess is that in ICU you are focused on "What can kill my patient this shift?". You are looking at a systematic effect of their injury on their whole body, not just minimizing their head injury or maximising their outcome.
Sep 7, '06
thank you! I love to hear others talk about their specialties. I never thought of ICU that way before-I appreciate the feedback. See, learning already