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.
ICU nurses are a unique breed. These articles dig into the intriguing world of ICU nursing and focus on clinical content, emotional support, and tips and tricks to improve your skills in caring for critically ill patients in a holistic manner.
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Transitioning to ICU or starting as a new grad in ICU is extremely competitive. Taking a comprehensive ICU prep course will give you an edge over the competition and improve your confidence.
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 […]
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
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 […]
This is the final episode for Season 3. Arterial lines, ventilators, central lines galore! Together with Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Sean Dent, Melissa and Kati discuss some tips and tricks for dealing with typical ICU devices.
Arterial lines, ventilators, central lines galore! In this episode, let’s discuss some tips and tricks for dealing with typical Intensive Care devices.
Michael Ackerman, DNS RN APRN-BC Tom Ahrens, PhD RN FAAN What You’ll Learn Basic Definition Sepsis Study Early Recognition Tips for Med-Surg Nurses Low Temperatures Rapid Response Teams and Sepsis Tips for ICU Nurses What Changed? Studies Patient Care What Nurses Need to Know About Sepsis In this episode, we interview Michael Ackerman DNS RN […]
Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN – highly experienced neurocritical care nurse, current Stroke Navigator for a Primary Stroke Center What You’ll Learn Open Mind Typical Characteristics Initiative Advocating Orientation Organization Alarms Downtime In this episode, we discuss the characteristics of the intensive care nurse, normal expectations, critical thinking, advocacy, communication, and more. We dive into […]
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.
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 critical care setting. Extra credit + Bonus points if you were able to do an extending preceptorship/internship during nursing school. Those students who […]
Craft beer this week: Coffee is for Closers, an iced coffee stout by Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, NC. The ICU is dynamic and things change constantly and quickly. Patient conditions and staffing change significantly in an instant. No two shifts will be the same. However, it is important to know what your routine would be […]