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by USMC2RN89 USMC2RN89 (New Member) New Member Student

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Good Morning all,

 

I am about to start my nursing career in the Cardiac ICU. I interned in a MICU before for any critical care nurses I have two weeks til I start what topics should I review so I make a good impression and am well prepared ? Thank you all and I am very excited to gain wisdom from you

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HelicopterMom is a BSN and specializes in Flight RN, SICU, Trauma Resus.

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1.  Rhythms.  You should review EKGs and how to read them, or start learning...it takes a while.  You should know your rhythms, identify them, and know the basics of treating them. 

2.  Drugs.  Review common cardiac drugs and why you give them/what they do.  You should start to get to know cardiac/vasoactive drips and how to titrate them.  Make a small reference card that you can look at.  Often people laminate and attach a drip reference card to their name tags.  You can also probably find these online and print them.  This should include:  Dopamine, Dobutamine, Levophed, Nitro, Lidocaine, Epinephrine, Amio, Vasopressin, Nipride, and Esmolol (to start).  Also sedation drips like Propofol.  

3.  It is going to be a lot.  Ask questions and don't be shy.  As a knew nurse, you are not going to be expected to know everything (or anything really).

 

good luck!

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Nurse SMS has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Also review sternal precautions and the EBP guidelines for recovery trajectory after cardiovascular surgery. Good luck!

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I wouldn’t worry about leaving a good impression, just work 10 times harder than you ever have before and you will be fine! Work like your life depends on it. 

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