I am a new RN who is starting a critical care nurse internship in a month. I will have months of orientation, which is a true blessing! I want to try to prepare myself for this experience so that I can get the very most out of my orientation. I have been out of school for 8 months now and feel like I will have to catch up on a lot of things that have slipped over those months as I planned a wedding, got married, moved 700miles away and passed boards! I know that I can't be expected to know everything as I spend my first days/months in ICU, but I want to try to know as much as I can!
My question for all of you is.....if you were the preceptor for a new RN in the ICU (MICU, SICU, Neuro ICU) what would you want her/him to know starting out? Is there a medication that you would be shocked they didn't know about? A task that you would think they would be comfortable with already? Pretty much.....what would you want in your preceptee/orientee? And what would drive you crazy?! (definitely don't want to make my preceptor's life harder when I am there!)
Thanks in advance! I look forward to hearing your thoughts! This message board is such an awesome support system! :)