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New peds CVICU nurse... so overwhelmed

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by stacylethani stacylethani (Member) Member

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I’ve been a peds cardiac nurse for two years and started a new job in the cvicu in August. I’m off orientation in 4 weeks and feel so overwhelmed and not ready at all. I’ve had two evaluations so far and I’ve been told I’m doing really well and they’re very happy with my current performance. However I feel like i still don’t know anything! I had a new preceptor this last weekend and I felt like she disagreed with everything I did. It feels like nothing I do is ever the right way according to her and she really made me feel incompetent. I feel like I’m 12 steps behind where I was before. I’m so terrified of ICU honestly and I don’t know if I made the right decision by doing icu this soon. 

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conway13 is a BSN and specializes in CVICU.

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Hey! I went into CVICU (adults) as a new grad. I completely felt like this. I think it is normal! All my coworkers said it is reassuring to hear that new people on the floor feel like this. People who come in and automatically think they know what they are doing are scary to the seasoned nurses!

However, it sounds like this preceptor maybe Isn’t the best match? But perhaps talking with her directly (telling her how you feel in a professional manner) or speaking with your management team in discussing trying a new pairing could be of benefit. It is your time to learn! ICU is scary, but so rewarding! You can do it! 
 

Hang in there. It takes time to get more comfortable. Just know that you’re coworkers are always there when things go wrong. You are NEVER alone in the ICU! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, ask tons of questions, be open to criticism! It’s so hard at first, but you won’t regret it! Lastly, remember there is a patient lying in that bed, try not to be overwhelmed by all the machines and drips. Zone in on your patient, see what they need! As time goes you will feel better. I wanted to cry going into work!! Sometimes wanted to throw up!! Just know you can do it. You are there for a reason 🙂

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