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Inpatient to Outpatient: Transitioning from the ICU to Primary Care

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.

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