ICU

Admitting Patients from the OR

Admitting surgical patients directly from the Operating Room (OR) can present some unique challenges.  The goal of this post is to educate you about anesthesia, the hand off, and help you prioritize your postoperative admission orders. Why is the ICU getting an OR patient? There are an infinite number of reasons a patient goes to the ICU […]

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Introducing Courtney! Hello everyone! My name is Courtney and I’m an RN working in a medical ICU. I recently started a website “From New to ICU“.  It’s focused on helping nurses at all stages of their career! The main purpose is to help pre-nursing students find the right BSN program for them. From New to […]

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Guest Blog: How Nurses Can Cope with, Identify, and Relieve Stress at the First Sign

Stress seems to always manage to find us, no matter how much we try to avoid it. It settles in bit by bit until one day we feel like the weight of the world has been placed squarely on our shoulders.   This type of stress is not uncommon for those in the nursing profession or […]

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Need Help Finding a Nurse Residency Program?

Hello NNB readers! I’m excited to tell you about a new site called RNDeer.com that is hoping to change the way student nurses connect with hospitals forever! Right now, nursing students have a very difficult time finding and applying to nurse residency programs around the country.  Students have to rely on their own Google searches […]

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IV Tips

Hello NNB readers!  I recently wrote a blog post for my CRNA blog that gives IV tips.  It was suggested by a reader that I also include that post on this site as ICU RN’s struggle with IV’s as well.  So the following post has been borrowed from my CRNA blog site.  I hope you […]

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Nursing Report Sheets

Some of the best advice I got as a new grad ICU nurse was to make my own nursing report sheet. A report sheet is helpful, for example, when the night nurse is reporting off to the day nurse, and there are pending results or follow up needed (as is often the case with our […]

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Smart Phone Apps for ICU and OR

Technology is so Wonderful, Isn’t It? So you’re not going to lug a big heavy textbook (or 10) into the OR or into the ICU right? Right. That’s why smart phone apps are great for students or newbies who need a handy resource that is also portable and discrete. There are a ton of free […]

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Vasoactives and Low Blood Pressure Part I

Definitions Vasoactive is an umbrella term for any drug that makes your heart rate and/or blood pressure go up or down. Vasopressor, on the other hand, is a term for a drug that makes your blood pressure goes up by the process of vasoconstriction (squeeze). A positive inotrope is different from a vasopressor in that […]

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How to Become a CRNA- Nurse Anesthetist

Bad News: CRNA is no longer the Best Kept Secret in Healthcare! Yep..Nurse Anesthesia is no longer the best kept secret- a lot of your co-workers in the ICU are thinking about applying and they are going to be your biggest competition.  Do you want to get a million  steps ahead of them?  Sign up […]

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Sepsis Demystified

Why do our ICU patients get sepsis? They are likely on antibiotic therapy, making our patients susceptible to resistant organsims. Plus, our patients are already sick and possibly immunocompromised. Just being in the hospital is a risk as patients deal with the threat of hospital acquired pneumonia, urosepsis from foley catheters and skin infection from […]

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