PICU Nurses - page 4

Any PICU nurses out here? Where do you work? How is your staffing? How many RN openings are on your unit? How do you like where you work? Let's try to get a dialogue going about PICU issues!:roll... Read More

  1. by   jessPICURN
    I work in the PICU at Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. We are a 20 bed (can flex to 22) multidisciplinary unit. We generally have adequate (or near adequate) staffing. We see a mix of medical, neuro, cardiac, and trauma, with some high-risk OB thrown in. Our kids range from days old to adult. (i think my oldest pt. to date was 45!) We have a fairly active ECMO program, and VERY active transport team.
  2. by   MachoNurse
    I'm a nursing student and am hoping to do my preceptorship in the PICU at CHO. I volunteered in the ER prior to entering nursing school and loved the hospital! Coincidentally, I looked at moving to Portland prior to entering nursing school. Perhaps some day...

    Take care,
    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Dec 8, '08 : Reason: removed blog address per Terms of Service
  3. by   ArkieDonRN
    My name is Don. I work at Arkansas Children's Hospital in a 26 bed PICU. We also have a 31 bed CVICU and an 85 bed NICU. I have worked here for 1.5 years and love it. Being the only hospital for children in the state, we care for all acuity of pts. We have MDs 24 hrs a day and use a very Team-like approach in pt care. Our shifts are three 12 hr shifts per week, with self-scheduling and premium pay for extra shifts worked.

    ACH was ranked in the Forbes Top 100 best places to work for in 2007 and 2008. Not many hospitals make the list. I LOVE IT.
  4. by   ndaewg
    I am a student still. I chose the PICU for my capstone class, but unfortunately I didn't get it. I toured the PICU at Children's Mercy Hospital, in Kansas City and found it amazing. I just loved the atmosphere. Someday I hope to post here saying that I am working in a PICU somewhere.
  5. by   Smiler3
    Hey I work on PICU at a childrens hospital in Birmingham, England.

    I work on a 20 bedded unit (can go up to 21 beds and in the consultation process of expanding to 28 beds!) We work Long Days, Early's, Late's and nights a mixture of all and we self roster. On each shift we should have a minimum of 25 nurses. At the moment we are also experiencing a quiet time which is very nice! I have worked here for nearly 2 years.
    We have a good team of Intensivists and Dr's and work well as a team! We cover anything really majority cardiac patients, we also have a very active retrival team, we do ECLS and the usual...CVVH, Osolaitors, Nitric ect.

    Really interesting reading about everyone else! x
  6. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Hey Smiler! Long time no see. We need to chat... if I ever get my new computer sorted out.

    Our unit is currently slowing down a bit, but it's not really noticeable. There was a rumour that we were going to close beds, but that isn't going to happen for real. Unlike our counterparts in Manitoba we aren't seeing many H1N1 flu cases...yet. Not looking forward to that.
  7. by   KayleighTravelNurse
    How do you guys like PICU?
  8. by   babyrhine
    Hi Im Drina from Sabah, Malaysia. PICU with 6 beds at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, for the management of critical ill children. The number of staff working that time only 16 staff nurse. In 2005, Kota Kinabalu Sabah opened the first Sabah Women's and Children Hospital with 13 beds and 26 staff nurse.. We nurse 2 patient every shift (7 hours). We are tertiary referral centre and treat around 250 children a year from all over Sabah, often with very complex disorder. We work across specialties including respiratory, oncology, nephrology, neurology, cardiology and metabolic disorder. The services we provide include conventional ventilation, high frequency oscillation, Continue Renal Replacement therapy (CRRT) and Intensive Care Retrieval Service (CATS).
  9. by   babyrhine
    Hi, im Drina from Sabah Malaysia... l would like to know about ur place.. now im taking master on nursing science and will finish Jun next year.. i had 15 years experience in PICU.