I just got a job in the PICU as a student

  1. I just landed a job in the PICU as a nursing student. I will be working two 12 hour shifts a week in the summer and then once a week during my senior year. My new manager said they set it up like a preceptorship where I will be working one on one with a PICU nurse learning assessment and all sorts of skills, charting, etc. I plan to work there when I graduate next year. I'm very excited! This is at a teaching hospital.

    Any tips for me?
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    About marilynmom

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    Adolescent psych
    Specialty: Adolescent Psych, PICU

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  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Congratulations and welcome to the challenging world of pediatric intensive care. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way over the next year; remember that you are there as a student and are not to be considered "staff". There are lots of similar threads on this forum with tips and secrets for survival. Here are a few.

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f95/new-picu-198029.html
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f95/whe...rt-211869.html
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f95/did...on-209108.html
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f95/new...se-210125.html
    https://allnurses.com/forums/f95/app...ob-203342.html

    Have fun, learn a ton and be well.
  4. by   marilynmom
    Thanks

    I wasn't sure what you meant by me not being staff though? Do you mean not an RN? I am considered to be on staff since I'm an employee, but certainly not an RN.
    Last edit by marilynmom on Apr 21, '07
  5. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    My mistake. But my advice still stands. Don't let them include you in their staffing numbers!!! You're there to learn, not to prop them up when they're short-handed.
  6. by   marilynmom
    Quote from janfrn
    My mistake. But my advice still stands. Don't let them include you in their staffing numbers!!! You're there to learn, not to prop them up when they're short-handed.
    Absolutely good advice and I see where you are coming from! Ya, I wouldn't be much of a prop

    I've been reading through this forum and you have such good insight and experience about the PICU Jan thanks.
  7. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    You're welcome! My pleasure.

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