Working in intensive care is so different from the rest of the hospital. These tips for new neuro nurses will answer all questions.
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.
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.
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
Interested in becoming a CRNA? Not sure exactly what that means? This guest post takes a closer look at what do nurse anesthetists do! Most operating rooms release the schedule the night before. Unlike bedside nurses, nurse anesthetists don’t start their day with Nurse Drama Hour. You know, the hand-off that details all the hard, […]
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
As many of you know, I am not an emergency department nurse. However, I receive many questions about emergency nursing. In going along with our “what do nurses do” series, Susan DuPont, fellow nurse blogger and emergency nurse, will go over a day in the life of an ER Nurse!
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.
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.
So you’re a nurse or in nursing school, and you think you want to work in the operating room… or endoscopy… or the postanesthesia care unit… or interventional radiology. But, what are the important things to know before getting into this specialized field within nursing? What do perioperative nurses do, exactly?
This post contains affiliate links. **This is a guest post, written by Lynn Sayre Visser, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CLNC, PHN who is a registered nurse with over twenty-five years of diverse experience including pre-hospital care, emergency department, intensive care unit, post-anesthesia care unit, and organ procurement. Ms. Visser is the author of Rapid Access Guide for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
I’ve worked on both the floor and intensive care. In both units time management is absolutely essential. However, time management on the floor is very different from time management in critical care. I’m going to go through some tips to help you appropriately managing your time in a critical care setting. I know it […]
A central line a catheter placed in a large vein in the neck, chest, or groin. Check out the Wikipedia definition for some good pics and different types of central lines. Typically, patients who need these are in a critical care environment, but when they get out to the floor, they still will have their […]
Nurses, I know how confusing Heparin and Coumadin lab monitoring can be. This guide will break them down, explain what they are, and help you understand it all. This post contains affiliate links This is informational only, always follow your hospital’s policies and procedures Nursing Tips for Heparin and Coumadin Lab Monitoring Something […]