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nursenpnk is a RN and specializes in MSICU starting PICU.

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    Full Circle, My First Year of Nursing

    you have summarized my first year as a nurse as well, however, my patients were adults, so a tid bit bigger ;-) Thanks for sharing your experiences! Hope all is well in the NICU :-) I now take care of lil ones in the PICU but thoroughly enjoy a float to the NICU, love those lil peanuts
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    PICU Nurses

    I have been in the PICU in connecticut for the past 6 months, I transitioned from the adult world to the pediatric world and still do both, but LOVE my kidders much more than my adults. We are an 18 bed unit that takes med/surg, cardiac,neuro,and trauma so a lil bit of everything. We have some 36hr nurses and some 40 with the option of picking up extra as we still have a few positions to be filled. We have A LOT of new nurses, there are times when the most experienced nurse, besides the resource nurses, only has 2-3 years of experience. However, we are really growing and making great strides in pt care. Our pt care ratios are usually 2 pts to one nurse, unless we have a sick cardiac or very serious kiddo then they are 1:1, occasionally we will triple our lil ones that are heading out to the floor or are chronic vents that need vent checks and daily care.
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    Being on the Code team freaks me out

    My hospital really helps with this as we have a lab where nurses and doctors get together to review code situations with a unique dummy that will breathe and respond to interventions ect through a computerized program that is controlled by someone watching the code team and listening to what we are doing and asking. This really helps me to feel a bit more prepared, but i still get butterflies in my stomach when I get the the code beeper ect
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    Do all the ICU RNs gossip?

    I find it rather ironic that ICU nurses tend to have the sickest of the sick but gee golly we still find time to gossip, it's sad but like many others have said you see it in all areas of nursing, and not just nursing, but also other professions and workplace environments. Do yourself a favor and stay patient focused, contributing to the chaos only adds to the problem :-) Easier said than done, believe me, I struggle with it at times, but I have learned to bite my tongue
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    Dont you just love them

    "I think we all need to remember that sometimes it's easy on these boards to post a response that is closer to our own personal values than to how we would react as a nurse on duty. Just so long as when we are on duty we remember to react as a nurse on duty, with empathy and nonjudgementally. Leave the venting for Allnurses.com.;)" couldn't have said it any better;)
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    Problems with Dansko shoes?

    i LOVE my danskos, but i find that my feet need a break every once in awhile and i will throw a pair of sneakers on for a night just to break it up. i have also found that if you wear them a lot they need to be replaced probably every year, for me anyways i am so hard on my shoes~ i am the foot slapper, due to the fact that i feel as though i am always rushing around!
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    Dont you just love them

    EMPATHY i can only imagine what it is like to be in their shoes, meaning the abuser, the family of the abuser and the nurse taking care of them ect. addictions are illnesses and who am i to judge. so hard in our profession but essential!
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    What do you do in clinicals?

    hmmm hiding from instructors, pretending your busy, hoping to get a stroked out pt so you can sit and watch tv....sounds like nursing might not be for you! Please re-evaluate why you want to be a nurse and realize that you will NOT be able to hide when you are THE NURSE! Best wishes....not trying to be rude but i was rather surprised by some of the replies
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    Are nurses unsupportive spouse magnets??

    Nursing is so diverse as are the spouses, mates, friends of those in the nursing profession. Good that we can all discuss our issues with relationships, but really i think this generalization is unfair. I can see the nurturing nature of a nurse impacting their outside relationships, however, there are many other professions that require this and I don't feel that they have this reputation.
  10. I will be starting in the PICU monday, i will keep my eyes open for these lil strings, very interesting, big fan of learning about cultural practices :-)

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