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by ndrn ndrn (New) New Nurse

ndrn has 5 years experience and specializes in Medical-Surgical/ICU.

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Hello All,

I am a RN with 5 years of experience at a Critical Access Hospital. I still work on the Med/Surg floor and have 3 years of experience in our small ICU/Telemetry unit. I was offered a position in a larger Cath Lab and have accepted it, but am now starting to panic that I don’t have enough experience to make it in the Cath Lab.

I did tell them during my interview that this is a small ICU and that we only stabilized cardiac patients and sent them out should they be experiencing a cardiac event. This ICU sees a lot of everything from infants to geriatrics and we often do not keep intubated or very unstable patients. I have experience in reading telemetry and ekgs, but am no expert, nor do we monitor more than CVP and Arterial Line BPs (no cardiac output, IABP, etc).

Would it be completely crazy to contact my Cath Lab manager and just make sure that they are aware of my limitations/lack of knowledge? I do not want to give the impression that I have “big” ICU experience when I do not.

Thanks in advance.

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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See previous cath lab posts in our Cardiac forum: https://allnurses.com/cardiac-c4/

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by ndrn New Nurse

ndrn has 5 years experience and specializes in Medical-Surgical/ICU.

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Thank you!!

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Silverdragon102 has 32 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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Moved to the Cardiac Nursing forum 

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NRSKarenRN has 40 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

5 Followers; 10 Articles; 14,929 Posts; 165,586 Profile Views

See Dianah,ADN post here

 

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