Sarah Lorenzini, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN – Rapid Response Nurse and host of the Rapid Response RN Podcast What You’ll Learn In this episode, I interview Sarah Lorenzini from the Rapid Response RN Podcast about delirium. We discuss a powerful experience Sarah had with delirium in the ICU, common mistakes new nurses make regarding delirium, […]
Critical Care Nursing
Critical care is one of the most exciting and fast-paced nursing specialties. Here you’ll find resources to evolve your skills in critical care nursing whether you are a new grad or seasoned nurse.
Thinking about becoming a critical care nurse??
An introductory course to critical care nursing is a great way to prepare for this new and intimidating transition. Breakthrough ICU is the premier critical care course for nurses new to ICU.
From Chaos to Clarity: Tackling Delirium in the Hospital Setting
If you’re an ICU nurse who regularly cares for intubated and sedated patients, you’re going to want to read this post! Spoiler alert: mind-blowing delirium info ahead.
What is the Prone Position Used For?
Have you wondered what is the prone position used for? This article will focus on prone positioning and the reasons why we use it.
Advice For New ICU Nurses
The ICU is an overwhelming place to start a new job. This advice for new ICU nurses will help you succeed through your first month.
Top Tips for New Neuro Nurses
Working in intensive care is so different from the rest of the hospital. These tips for new neuro nurses will answer all questions.
New Grad ICU Nurses: Tips & Advice from an Experienced Nurse
Take it from someone who has been there and done that. You won’t find these tips and advice anywhere else, only from this experienced nurse. Working as a new grad is hard. Working as a New Grad in the ICU is even harder. Let’s look at some tips and advice from an experienced nurse.
Top Tips for New Grad Nurses in ICU
If you’re looking for top tips for new grad nurses in ICU, this post is for you. Many graduating nursing students are heading straight into critical care upon graduation, and this blog post will give you an overview of what to expect as you start that first job. This blog post outlines the top tips […]
Critical Care Nursing Certification: How to Pass the CCRN Exam
Interested in getting your CCRN? In this post, we interview a nurse who teaches CCRN review and go over specific study tips and recommendations.
ICU vs ER/ED Nurse – What’s the Difference?
Both ICU (Intensive Care Unit) nurses and ER/ED (Emergency Room/Emergency Department) nurses work very fast-paced jobs that require them to think quickly and experience patients that have very serious diagnosis’.
Can a New Nurse Work in the ICU?
Is it possible for a new nurse to get their first job in the ICU? Yes, but it is the exception and not the rule. I want to encourage all new nurses and nurse grads – if your goal is to work in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), that it might be possible right away, but it’s not easy and not for everyone
How to Become an ICU Nurse – Essential Interview Tips for New Nurses
Discover everything you need to know to become an Intensive Care (ICU), nurse. From the interview to the job, this is your complete guide. What is an ICU Nurse? Before you apply to work as an ICU nurse, it’s important to understand what they do. In my post, “What do ICU Nurses Do?” I explained […]
What Nurses Need to Know About Sepsis
Melissa Stafford, BSN RN CCRN SCRN – highly experienced and currently practicing nationally certified neurocritical care nurse. Michael Ackerman, DNS RN APRN-BC Tom Ahrens, PhD RN FAAN What You’ll Learn What Nurses Need to Know About Sepsis In this episode, we interview Michael Ackerman DNS RN APRN-BC and Tom Ahrens, PhD RN FAAN on sepsis, […]
Top Tips for New Nurses Working With Ventilators – From a CRNA!
Periwinkle is a lovely color. A soft, subtle blue, it looks best as Helen Hunt’s eyeshadow in 1995 or on an Easter egg. It looks worst on your patient’s skin. While waiting for the respiratory therapist to come bail you out, understanding some common sense and troubleshooting will keep your patient pink, or in my case, healthy brown instead of sickly green
Tips for New Grads in the ICU
Melissa Stafford, BSN RN CCRN SCRN – highly experienced and currently practicing nationally certified neurocritical care nurse. Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN – highly experienced neurocritical care nurse, current Stroke Navigator for a Primary Stroke Center. What You’ll Learn In this episode, we discuss the characteristics of the intensive care nurse, normal expectations, critical thinking, […]
What Do ICU Nurses Do?
Being an ICU nurse sounds like a pretty cool job, doesn’t it? Really, any job with the word “intense” in the title sounds… well, intensely awesome. I’m here to dispel any doubt and inform you that yes, ICU nursing is pretty legit. While it sounds cool, many are not aware of what ICU nurses actually do during a typical 12-hour shift.
Inpatient to Outpatient: Transitioning from the ICU to Primary Care
I am currently two semesters away from graduating with my masters as a family nurse practitioner. I plan to work in family practice in an office setting. It’s a start contrast and it’s reasonable to ask why I made such a big move from ICU to Primary Care.
Tips for New Grads in the ICU
If you want to know how to be a good icu nurse, these tips for new grads in the ICU are for you! In the beginning… Hopefully, you did your homework by learning what to expect in a critical care unit. Bonus points for you if you had the opportunity to observe nurses in a […]
Perfecting Your Craft – Week 2, ICU Time Management Tips
These ICU Time Management Tips can help if you are adequately staffed, have an appropriate assignment, and nothing happens that changes your plan
You’re a Life Saver. Literally
I don’t know if any of you nurses out there struggle with what I’ve been fighting over the last year or so. Whenever I’m in a large crowd and see elderly people or someone not looking so hot, I play the worst-case scenario out in my mind. They collapse. I run over. Start CPR. Yell […]
How to Manage Your Time in Critical Care for Nurses: Part II
This post contains affiliate links One of the most important things to master in critical care is prioritization.. what do you do first? It’s kind of like prioritization on the floor, except the stakes are higher. Instead of doctors rounding, patients being hypertensive, patients in pain, families wanting you to discharge them 10 minutes ago, […]