I have been a LPN for about two years, so I am not totally clueless of what's involved in patient care, although I am still very green. I am also finishing up my RN degree. We started our ICU clinicals last week for my RN. Oh my gosh, I was so lost. I felt as if I had never been a nurse a day in my life. I was so overwhelmed by ventilators, trach's, chest tubes, central/arterial lines. I always thought well what is the difference between an RN and LPN. I have a completely new outlook after spending a day on that floor. Is everyone overwhelmed by ICU at first. I thought I really had it together as a nurse before that experience. I know if I felt completely in control and unintimidated it would not have been a learning experience, but I have never felt like I was drowning. Will ICU ever be better, I hope so I have it here on out.