I'm a new nurse in orientation in the ICU. I've already learned so much, and I can't wait to learn even more! My preceptor and the nurses on my unit are great about sharing their "secrets of success," and I would love to hear yours. What makes your day easier, more efficient, less of a hassle?
A few examples of what I've learned:
Make "bed rolls" when you have down time that can be used for changing beds - a clean fitted sheet, draw sheet, and chux all pre-rolled and ready to go.
Wrap a warm blanket around a patient's hand if the pulse ox is having a hard time picking up their pulse/sats.
Put a chux over the bedpan/beside commode pan for easy clean up.
Suck on a peppermint/tic tac when dealing with icky smells.
I'm sure there has been much advice given on this site, so sorry if I'm being repetitive. Just wanted a good collection of it all of it in one place!