Being a new Nurse in the ICU is a tad bit mind-boggling and overwhelming.
Have you heard of the “deer in headlights” analogy before? That panic-stricken pale-faced zombie that has a hard time stringing the word “T-H-E” together. Yes, that level of fear.
The ICU was scary enough when we were students; now shit just got real. You got hired on as a staff Nurse. You’re going to have to learn how to be one of “them.”
I mean it’s one thing to rotate through the ICU as a student. But now you actually have to transition from student Nurse to graduate Nurse!
The good news? It’s survivable. In fact, it’s dare-I-say exciting!!! You’re exactly where you want to be. Aside from actually learning how to do the job you were hired for, I thought I might give you a couple of super-easy pointers to help you exchange oxygen a lil’ easier on your first day (or first several weeks).
*Hint: “exchange oxygen = breathing”; you’re gonna wanna do that often
Here are some suggestions you can use on day one that might help ease your transition:
- Get a (small) notebook.
- Brush up on your Math skills.
- Work on that ‘thick set of skin.’
- Critical care resource books.
- Get comfy with the Mechanical Ventilator.
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