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nursekatie22 is a RN and specializes in Med-Surg/Oncology/Telemetry/ICU.

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    Foley caths

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    Just got hired in ICU....any advice?

    it's funny that you should emphasize that you're never alone cause i had the hardest time remembering that when i first started on the unit i'm on now. i thought that when i was off orientation that that was it and i was all by myself. it's so not true! there's always someone more experiences around and there have been a coupld of times when i've been charge nurse and i've called the nursing super cause i didn't know what to do and yep, she was there for me. i just need to not stress out prematurely because i know they're assuming i don't know a lot about vents, swanz, etc since we don't deal with them on the floor. i just need to chill the hell out!
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    Just got hired in ICU....any advice?

    this is all very helpful!
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    Just got hired in ICU....any advice?

    thanks a lot for all the good tips! i really want this transition to be as smooth as possible and i'm scared that they're just a dumb med/surg nurse who doesn't know anything (they don't think a lot of out m/s unit for the most part). i'm just going to try to not get too nervous. :wink2:
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    Just got hired in ICU....any advice?

    thanks for the advice! i do have one thing on my side....i never hesitate to ask questions if i'm not sure of something. i'd rather ask first, and not screw something up! :)
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    Just got hired in ICU....any advice?

    thanks a lot....will do! :)
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    Just got hired in ICU....any advice?

    i've been on a medsurg/tele unit (and floated to oncology as much as possible) for the past 14 months since i got out of school. i've accepted a position in the icu and now i'm just wondering if there's any advice any of the "old hands" can give me about how to cope at first. i'm nervous about how different everything is in the unit (charting, monitoring, etc) and i know i'll have some things i have to change and do differently, but i'd like to get a leg up on things. thanks!
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    To those already in/or graduated from NS...

    i know that for the schools i went to it wasn't a requirement, but the people who had prior experience as cnas, nas, etc, were a lot more comfortable than i was around patients during personal care and such during the first part of school. i think that would have helped me a lot as that was pretty weird for me at first since i'd never done anything like that before, but i still made it and i had no prior experience. you can do it, it's just that some of the little things may not come so easy at first, but then you should get the hang of it sooner or later and it's like falling off a log (without breaking anything!)
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    Honestly, how bad is the gas chamber?

    hold on a minute! it says on the u.s. army site that medical personnel don't have to do basic training. they just have to attend certain classes and pass the physical fitness test that the enlisted folks do. you really have to do all that other stuff??
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    Trauma Neuro ICU interest

    thanks for the reply! i stopped checking on my post cause no one was saying anything so i figured people thought i was being loopy! they've since posted another job on my hospitals' site and i've applied for that one too, but with no reply.....bummer. i'll keep on trying though!
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    First Year Finally Over!!!

    amen! it goes by super fast! i'll hit a year on june 18th and even though i'm not there yet, it still seems like it's just flown by. insane......
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    Dankso Professional?

    yes, i have two pairs and i've converted several of my co-workers as well. they're great!
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    What # of questions did u pass the NCLEX with?

    i took mine last july and i went up to 236.......needless to say, i didn't feel good about it!
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    job before NCLEX

    i got a job as a gn when i graduated before i took the nclex and worked for just under a month before i took (and passed ) my boards. the only thing that was stressfull about that situation was having to study for the test and work at the same time as well as make time for the kaplan classes i took. other than that, it was fine.
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    Flunking 3rd semester AA program

    no problem, hun...i thought that might make you feel a little better! good luck on the final!
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    Flunking 3rd semester AA program

    i hope things get better for you. if you have a teacher worth anything (and i had one who honestly couldn't do this) he/she'll be able to give you pointers on what they're looking for and ways to approach the material. also, the suggestion about talking to students who are doing better than you is also good. joining studygroups with those people can also be helpful because doing things solo isn't always the best. for me to suceed, i had to do the study group thing, make my notes, re-write my notes, study the lecture/textbooks, say it, read it again, write it again......you get the picture. it sucked, but it was worth it cause i finished in december '06 and lived to tell about it! to get there though, i failed two classes at my original school (which was th limit) so i had to transfer to another school 4 hours away--a place where i'd only have to repeat one class. it ended up okay and i know what you're going through, but if you do everything that's been suggested here, you'll be fine. trying to do it alone was my biggest mistake. the people who succeeded were in studygroups 98% of the time and it obviously worked for them! good luck!