Clinically challenging at times; good coworkers
RN (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – March 14, 2013
We have 4 RN's for each pod (8 beds each) of ICU's. We are assigned 2 pts each. I have learned how to prioritize at an early stage in my nursing career, which is very helpful in the ICU. My coworkers are fun to be around and are willing to help when necessary. We all have a great work ethic. Nursing/medicine has certainly changed since I graduated from college. I feel like we are forever trying to keep up with all the new changes in charting, protocols, equipment, even the acuity of pts has changed. Pts are surviving devastating illnesses/injuries now, where before, they would not have stood a chance. I think this is attributed to the critical thinking we as ICU RN's, along with the phyicians, have developed in our years of experience. The best part of my job is seeing a pt return to the ICU as a visitor, and complimenting the staff on the wonderful job they did or the great experience they had during their very trying time in the ICU.
the pros include the diversity of the pts themselves (cultural, ethical) and the ability to care for them the way they want to be cared for
long hours with no breaks, short-staffed, frequently no techs or huc's, and poor management