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Prepare for ICU job

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Hello,

I have been working as an Acute Care RN for just about 1 year now and I'm passionate about working in the ICU. I worked in the ICU through nursing school as a CNA and fell in love with it. I recently spoke with the ICU educator at my hospital and there will be a position opening soon in the ICU that I plan to apply to. In the meantime I wanted to ask if anyone had advice for a new RN in the ICU? Or maybe suggestions on material/topics I can study or brush up on that might make the transition into the ICU less chaotic? 

Thank you!

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buy an ICU nursing book.  Not "The ICU Book", that one is a bit much, and meant for medical residents/internists.  Look for one by the AACN, I had "advanced critical care nursing", which was helpful.  Understand vasopressors (levophed, phenylephrine, vasopressin, epinephrine), how to treat sepsis, understand EKG rhythm interpretation, and know ACLS (buy the book if you don't have it already).  Basic ABG interpretation.

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murseman24 great thanks a lot for the advice. 

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In about a year or two after you've been working, definitely get the ICU book.  I think it should be required reading for all ICU staff. 

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