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Inpatient to Outpatient: Transitioning from the ICU to Primary Care
For the first nine years of my nursing career, I worked as a RN in a trauma/surgery intensive care unit at a Level One trauma hospital. I started there as a baby nurse, fresh out of school and clutching my NCLEX in hand as proof (or reassurance) that I could work in such a place. Needless to say, the ICU far exceeded my expectations. I learned how to take care of intubated, sedated patients with open bellies and extensive wounds. I learned how to manage CRRT on patients with complex comorbidities. I learned what a productive code looks like and how to avoid a chaotic one. It was a hard, all-encompassing experience at times. And while there were some tears and self-doubt early along the way, I grew to be a proficient nurse in a stressful environment. I grew to love everything about the ICU.
Season 4 of the FreshRN Podcast is here! In this Episode we discuss dealing with family members. So, how do you deal with the family members... like, normally? How do you meet their expectations and work together as a team? We discuss routine communication points with...
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