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vastudent09 has 2 years experience and specializes in GICU-WE GET IT ALL.

ICU RN

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    L&D pearls of wisdom

    So I will be transferring to L&D from Icu in January. I was wondering if everyone would be willing to share their "pearls of widom" that they've learned through their L&D experience. Things that you feel like are imperative to know/do to be a successful L&D nurse. Things you've learned from or things you want/expect a new L&D nurse to do! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    things NOT to say in an L&D interview

    well , thank yo everone again for your 2 cents. it helped becasue........... I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:I am so excited to begin this new journey and I look forward to the new world of L & D! I did not bring up my daughter in the interview, or the significant impact the L & D nurses played in my own long & trying delivery, but I wish I could tell them personally how amazing they were and that experieincing what they can do for a new mom and the role they play in labor and the delivery made my decision to go for the switch. I hope I can become half as good as those nurses were and that I can hopefully one day make an impact on a woman like the one that was made on me. Thanks again!!!:)
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    why did you choose L&D.....

    Hi everyone! Just interested in everyones 2 cents as to why they chose L&D? What drew you to this field of nursing and or what do you enjoy about being in it? Or what is difficult about it, what are things you don't like about it? Ect Thanks for your thoughts!!!!
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    things NOT to say in an L&D interview

    thank you everyone for your responses!!!!! I really appreciaTE them. My interview is tomorrow, and I will NOT be bringing up my duaghter/pregnancy. Your advice has really helped and I am hoping to present myself as an eager, willing, competent, and qualified candidate. I will draw from my ICU experience and use that to boost my chances. Thanks again,
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    things NOT to say in an L&D interview

    thanks so much! i definitely wasnt going to bring up my actual birth experience. its just the whole process- pregnancy and childbirth is what made me decide on LD. i wasnt sure how to answer the "why LD "question without mentioning when my interest sparked. thats all. i completely agree that i want my answers to be pt focused, and i wont be in there telling my birth story! lol. i will talk mainly about my other interests in LD, and how i think it is similiar to ICU so i think i can bring a unique set of skills to LD! thanks again
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    things NOT to say in an L&D interview

    HI! Well I'm an Icu rn right now but I have an interview next week for a L&D position!!!!!!!! So I know the usual interview questions and how to answer questions correctly but I thought I would throw it out there... Is there anything not to say? For instance, I became truly passionate about pregnancy, childbirth, ect when I got pregnant and then having my daughter and spending 3 days in L&D ( 72 hour labor) and 3 more in PP and kind of seeing what the nurses did & talking Witt them I made my mind up! Is bringing up my own experience being pregnant & delivery something NOT to bring up? Any other NO. NOs for the interview? Thanks!!!!!!!
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    ICU RN wants to go to L & D...advice please

    I live in VA but can't relocate right now. But the positions I applied for asked for. L&D, ED or critical care experience so I'm hoping my Icu experience can help me. I'm going to also lOok into certifications I could get or anyything L&D related while I stay in Icu and just keep applying as positions come open. I just hope it won't take too long !
  8. Hello ALL! WELL, I AM AN ICU NURSE, AND I JUST APPLIED TO SEVERAL L&D POSITIONS. I AM REALLY BURNT OUT WITH THE PATIENTS AND ATMOSPHERE IN THE ICU & I NEED A CHANGE. I LIKE HIGH ACUITY PATIENTS AND I ENJOY THE DETAIL ORIENTED CARE I THE ICU, BUT I AM NO LONGER ENJOYING TAKING CARE OF PPL WHO HAVE NO CHANCE OF SURVIVAL, KEPING PPL ALIVE THAT SHOULDNT BE, ECT. I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO WORK AND FEEL POSITIVE ABOUT WHAT IM DOING. I LOVE TO TEACH AND I AM JUST OBSSESED WITH LEARNING EVERYTHING I CAN ABOUT CHILDBIRTH, LABOR, & PREGNANCY ( IT REALLY STARTED WHEN I GOT PREGNANT WITH MY DAUGHTER:redpinkhe) I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED L&d, BUT IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET INTO STRAIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL. NOW ALL I WANT IS TO BE AN L&D NURSE. ANY ADVICE ON INTERVIEW TIPS- SPECIFIC TO L&D, ANYTHING THAT MIGHT UP MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO L&D, THOUGHTS, THINGS TO KNOW/READ/STUDY BEFORE AN INTERVIEW, CERTS TO TRY AND GET,ECT... THANKS!!!!!!!!!!
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    First job where? and Length of orientation?

    1. MICU/SICU 2. 7 weeks on unit with my preceptor with 1-2 classroom days a week during that time 3. normal icu 1:1-2, sometimes 3 if staffing is tight
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    How difficult is it to move from med-surg to ICU???

    This topic has been debated before, but I feel as a new grad in the ICU I need to state my opinion. I worked in the same ICU as a tech for 2 years prior to becomeing an RN in that same unit. I don't think it's as cut and dry as "yes or no " in regards to whether a new grad should start in the ICU. I feel like i am learning better critical thinking skills in the ICU than I would be on a floor. The expereinces I get every shift at work taking care of 2 critically ill pts are irreplacable. I have a great team of nurses around me that provide support and encouragement. Also I have to constantly be thinking and learnign in order to continue to do well in that environemtn, but I am aware fo that, and I think that is why it is going well for me. I only got 7 weeks of orientation because they took me off early b/c my preceptor said I was ready. So, neways I can't imagine working anywhere else. I tried to take every opportunity available to prepare myself to be s good nurse in the ICu out of school. I did 2 summer externships in that ICU and then my final school 120 hour preceptorship while alos continueing my tech position. So basically, I think the ICu can be a good fit for soem new grads but others are not ready. I think it really depends on the person. But it get old ( no offense) hearing a lot of veteran nurses saying I don't belong where I am working, and that I am not ready. JMHO
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    Crazy ICU nights...

    LMAO!! how funny, I can just picture that whole situation...thanks for the post!:chuckle
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    Crazy ICU nights...

    I didn't want to make the post too long, but he had terminal gastric cancer, had had multp. surgeries that were unsuccessful. there was nothing else to be done, he was trached & unresposive , becoming septic- anyway, the family would not make him a DNR, and he was not a candidate for any surgery or anything...so... after all MDs were aware, and since nothing to do...yes he stayed like that fo 2 weeks.
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    Crazy ICU nights...

    HEEEEELLLOO evyerone!!!!!! Well i thought it would be fun to read about some of the crazy, gross, weird, amazing, touching, horrible, ect experiences we all have gone thu in the ICU... I'll start... SO I work in a 22 bed MICU/SICU. I have worked there almost 3 yrs, but only been a nurse a few months. SO, this is just somemthing i had never seen before and thought it was pretty crazy. we had a pt the other week who was a full code, but would go asystole about once q30 mins for about 10-40 seconds! it was the craziest thing. he would just be beating along and then ding-ding-ding, asystole, and we would jsut watch the monitor to make sure and to see how long it would be till he came back. he did this for almost 2 weeks before he passed. The funny part was, after one night of this we were all used to it, but we would "get" ppl who were not aware, ask them to check what the alarm was on the monitor, have them look and start to freak out as we all sit there and say , oh, no big deal...:chuckle I guess we ahve a weird sense of humor :)
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    SLED (Sustained Low Efficiency Dialysis)

    So is there a difference between SLED & SCUF?
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    Giving Blood products

    THANKS FOR THE REPLIES. I APPRECIATE THE ADVICE AS I STILL HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS EVRYTIME I GO TO WORK. !
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    New Grad starting off in ICU

    I am also a new grad in the ICU. I graduated a bsn program in may. Anyway, I am so jelous of these great residency, orientation pograms I am eading about. I got a 7wk orientation that involved 2-3 shifts a week and then a few classes. I really wish I had a well rounded orientation like soem of the other ones I have read about. I love it there, but I am still really nervous every day I go to work. I guess it will be like that until I have been there a little longer. Well, good luck to eveyone.
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