Small town hospital where you get to know all the doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff.
Working in the ICU,start your day with a cup of coffee, get a recorded report, assess patients prior to relieving staff. Have a group report. Interpret EKG strips, assess patients, Obtain meds and supplies, care for patients. Round with Doctors on your patients, notify MD of any changes in condition of patients, check orders, make changes to treatment. Update careplan, record vital signs, vent settings, assess IV sites. Administer Medications. Assist MDs with procedures. Assist other staff as needed. Review lab, ABGs and xray reports. The hardest part of the job was when a patient deteriorated and coded. My goal was to be on top of small changes in my patients so I would be able to prevent them from becoming major changes and prevent the patient from deteriorating. The best part of the job was when we had one of our patients return after being discharged home and thanking us for our expert and compassionate care. We had a good comradery and we worked well together. I was part of management but also worked at the bedside so I had experienced the stress of both positions.