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Starting out in the burn icu

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Hello everyone,

I am a new grad RN. I was a tech in the hospital I put in all my applications at. I only really wanted to work on the burn unit and it was taking a while for them to contact me. I turned down 2 other offers waiting for the burn position and I found out about a week ago that I got the position on the unit. I couldn’t be happier. My question is, what should I be reading up on before I start? Orientation begins the 11th and I want to be brushed up on some common burn skills, common meds/fluids, interventions for patients as well. Is there anything I’m over looking? I want to be prepared for my team as much as I can. Any pointers will be much appreciated. Thank everyone for their time in advance. 

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First off, congratulations! I too started out as a new grad in a burn ICU. 

Burn care is as much an art as it is a science, so most of what you are inquiring about will be learned on the job and will probably be somewhat specific to the unit you hired into. I’ve found out the hard way that, in general, no two burn units do things the same way; in fact, really, no two burn surgeons do things the same way, even within the same unit. 

That being said, one of the best textbook resources out there is Total Burn Care by Herndon. I have yet to visit a burn unit that doesn’t keep a copy hanging around. I also recommend the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, as it covers most of the non-burn-specific procedures you’re likely to see. 

A great online resource is michiganburn.org. It was developed jointly by the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center and the State of Michigan as a resource for providers in the event of a burn mass casualty incident. There are a number of Flash-based presentations that you can watch which will give you good insight into the basics of burn care. 

Best of luck to you!

Mike in CO

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On 2/4/2019 at 5:50 PM, UMichSCN07 said:

First off, congratulations! I too started out as a new grad in a burn ICU. 

Burn care is as much an art as it is a science, so most of what you are inquiring about will be learned on the job and will probably be somewhat specific to the unit you hired into. I’ve found out the hard way that, in general, no two burn units do things the same way; in fact, really, no two burn surgeons do things the same way, even within the same unit. 

That being said, one of the best textbook resources out there is Total Burn Care by Herndon. I have yet to visit a burn unit that doesn’t keep a copy hanging around. I also recommend the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, as it covers most of the non-burn-specific procedures you’re likely to see. 

A great online resource is michiganburn.org. It was developed jointly by the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center and the State of Michigan as a resource for providers in the event of a burn mass casualty incident. There are a number of Flash-based presentations that you can watch which will give you good insight into the basics of burn care. 

Best of luck to you!

Mike in CO

Thank you very much for your time Mike. I look forward to looking into the resources that you listed. Your insight has been noted and is helpful.

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