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Who You’ll Hear
Kati Kleber, MSN RN – Nurse educator, former cardiac med-surg/stepdown and neurocritical care nurse, author, and speaker.
What You’ll Learn:
A Fresh RN VIP asked a question Kati wanted to share with podcast listeners. The VIP currently works in an ICU as a CNA and is curious if it would be wise to work there as a new grad. Listen for Kati’s perspective and some Q&A from her Instagram followers.
- Many think you have to start in Med-Surg
- If you have support and know what you want to do, go for it.
- Med-Surg gives value but its not necessary
- A CNA in an ICU unit will do well as a nurse in the ICU
- They already know the unit
- They know the helpful nurses
- They know how the unit functions
- If your managers asks you to apply:
- They see how you work and believe you will do well
- How much support will you get?
- Observe who your preceptor will be.
- How do they teach?
- What are their expecitations?
- How do they manage their time?
- Prepare mentally for dynamics of the relationship to change when you are the precept
- Play closer attention to the work flow of the nurses
- What’s their in the room routine
- What nurse is behind and why?
- What nurse is on top of things?
- Ask questions of nuses
- Documentation routine
- Working with physicians
- Going from CNA to Nurse will take time to acclimate