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jacks76

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  1. jacks76

    I REALLY need some direction from Mi RN's!

    U of M is on a hospital wide hiring freeze right now. Only doing internal applications right now
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    U of M, if you work there how did you get in?

    I work at the U! I started in Nov '09. I'm so glad I got in when I did! I love it there. Unfortunately, there is a hospital-wide hiring freeze right now My best advice, just keep trying...they had been on a hiring freeze for awhile before I got hired in '09. It seems to go in spurts. They are building a brand new Children's hospital right now, so hopefully it won't last too much longer. When they do start accepting outside applicants, you will have better chances since you have experience too. Good luck!! GO BLUE!!
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    Student Nurse Tech in CCU?

    I think if you want to be in Critical Care after you are licensed, then absolutely take on a tech position in CCU! It will be a great learning experience for you...and if you are lucky you will work with nurses that will take the time to teach you things. Our techs in our unit help with baths, ambulate patients, set up the room for a post op patient, draw labs from arterial lines, check glucometer blood sugars... Good luck!!
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    Possible Job in the ICU as a NEW GRAD

    Hi there! Congrats on graduating from Nursing School! :grad: My first ICU job right out of school didn't go well for a think a few different reasons. #1 I didn't have a very good preceptor and she focused more on what I didn't know that actually teaching me anything. #2 I was still learning the basics of nursing along with what to do in emergent/critical situations. #3 I wasn't really all that comfortable talking with Doctors about things because I wasn't that confident in myself and didn't want them to think I was stupid. That being said I don't want to discourage you from working in an ICU. Lots of people go straight from school to an ICU position. I'm not saying it can't be done. But for me, it was definitely easier the second time around when I had a chance to work on a tele floor for about a yr and a half. Once I got the basics of nursing down, I absorbed things easier and everything made more sense to me. No matter what floor you decide to start out on, you will learn alot more than you ever did in school. Just remember you will make mistakes...crap happens, learn from them and move on. And every nurse was new once, although some do forget that. Keep me posted and let me know if you have any more questions :)
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    party like a nurse?!?!

    I've heard rumor of some of my colleagues actually doing that one night on 3rd's when it was really really slow... :lol2:
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    New grad wanting to work in ICU.

    I agree with JTworoger. I went to CCU as a new grad...and I only stayed about 8 months. When I took the job, I had felt confident because I had done very well in school and had been working as a CNA, and then LPN in LTC/Vent unit while in school. I knew I wanted to work in the ICU all through school. Anyways, it was just waaay too much. I left voluntarily and went to another hospital. I was doing "ok" in the unit, but was so sick to my stomach with stress every night. When I went to the other hospital, I started out in the telemetry area for about a year and a half, then I went to ICU again. The second time around was much much better for me because I was alot more comfortable in the basic skills that you need to have (time management, assessments, critical thinking, med administration, etc.) That being said, only you can make your decision. Lots of people advised me not to take that CCU position right out of school, but I didn't listen. I do believe the best way to start out is to do at least about a yr in a Telemetry unit (ex: the step down of the unit you would eventually like to move to) and then move to the ICU. If you choose to take the ICU gig right out of school, hopefully you will get a very long orientation and have a better time than I did. Good Luck!
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    Possible Job in the ICU as a NEW GRAD

    I did that!...and I only stayed about 8 months. When I took the job, I had felt confident because I had done very well in school and had been working as a CNA, and then LPN in LTC/Vent unit while in school. I knew I wanted to work in the ICU all through school. Anyways, it was just waaay too much. I left voluntarily and went to another hospital. I was doing "ok" in the unit, but was so sick to my stomach with stress every night. When I went to the other hospital, I started out in the telemetry area for about a year and a half, then I went to ICU again. The second time around was much much better for me because I was alot more comfortable in the basic skills that you need to have (time management, assessments, critical thinking, med administration, etc.) That being said, only you can make your decision. Lots of people advised me not to take that CCU position right out of school, but I didn't listen. I do believe the best way to start out is to do at least about a yr in a Telemetry unit (ex: the step down of the unit you would eventually like to move to) and then move to the ICU. If you choose to take the ICU gig right out of school, hopefully you will get a very long orientation and have a better time than I did. Good Luck!
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