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New grad, looking for advice

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by Brad_RN_Student_PA Brad_RN_Student_PA (Member)

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I just graduated, and decided to take the "traditional" approach...which means I accepted my first job in neuro med-surg. I was told this would make me more "marketable", and I must admit that getting a good foundation will make me much more comfortable. So I am happy with this decision. Eventually I would like to get into CVICU or MSICU. When I say eventually, I actually mean "one year". Is this fairly acceptable and realistic? I could have gone right into ICU out of school, but I think I...well..I take time to learn concepts inside and out. It's just how I learn and adapt best. Perhaps it could be coined a "slow learner" but I really think I am more or less an anal person who likes to build a good foundation. If that makes sense. I learn more from doing. And I am kinda a perfectionist, and the first time I mess up, the next time is usually worse! So...with that said...am I headed in the right direction? And what steps should I take to help ease my way into CCU, CVICU, or MSICU? I have also been a CNA in MSICU/Telemetry for over a year and a half. It helps, a bit! Starting new job, first REAL job (GN), in less than two weeks!!!! Holy fregin nervous! Focker, out.

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All_Smiles_RN specializes in Cardiology.

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i think getting onto a monitored unit would be great. learning rhythms is absolutely essential. get your basic ecg, 12 lead, and acls done. by the way, I agree with getting down a foundation. real world nursing is different than school and you need to get into your own groove so to speak. good luck :-)

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icufaqs.org can be a good reference for your readings.

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icufaqs.org can be a good reference for your readings.

Thank you so much for that website!! I am in nursing school and had not had the chance to start an IV. The info on periphal IVs really broke it down for me. I find this website to be very helpful!! I will recommend to my classmates.

Thanks a bunch

mstoya

soon 2b RN May 08:yelclap: ;)

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