Hello, I graduate in the summer and will most likely be starting in the CVICU I work at currently as a nurse extern. This exposure has definitely been helpful however it is nowhere near the same as actual nursing on this unit. What steps can I take right now to better prepare myself for when I begin my residency. Types of patients we receive: Post-op Hearts, typically CABG x2x3x4, Type A Aortic Dissections, Triple As, AVR/TAVR, MVR etc. 1-1 Interventions provided on our unit- ECMO, IMPELLA, Aortic Balloon Pumps, LVADs, CRRT etc.