Hi all! For the past year I've been working in Labor & Delivery at a large, tertiary care teaching facility. In my first year as a nurse, I realized that even though I thought this was the specialty for me, it's really not.
I am going to be starting a new position in the PACU next month and I'm really excited! During nursing school I did a summer internship in the MICU at this hospital and really enjoyed critical care. My only concern is that for the past year I have not been working in med surg. In L&D I circulate in the OR and follow my patients to the L&D PACU until they are transferred to the postpartum floor, so I do have some post-op experience and feel that I have a good general sense of what to assess for immediately after surgery. There are just so many types of procedures and critically ill patients at my hospital that I'm worried I'll look dumb!
I've been reading AACN's Essentials of Critical Care Nursing to prepare. Anyone have any tips or advice on how to make my transition smooth?