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What is a day in the life as a ICU nurse?

Ex. Normal routine , how long you work, how do the shifts work #nursing #icunurse #nurse #medicine #doctor #healthcare #hospital-and-healthcare #med-school


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Richard’s Answer

12 hour shifts caring for 1-3 patients. Start the day with report from the previous shift's nurse and get up to speed on the plan of care. Administer all medications according to schedule. Discharge patients to less high level care. Accept new patients from floor, ER or OR. Take patients to different departments for testing or procedures and give report to team taking over the care during the procedure.

This can a be a high stress job and the ICU at the hospital where I work has a high turnover of nursing staff.

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yoonji’s Answer

Hi Fatima! I would highly suggest you check out our Instagram, @careervillage, and watch our latest Story. We had a great CareerVillage volunteer, an ICU nurse at Stanford, show our community what a day in the life of an ICU nurse is like. She not only highlights her own work but also her colleagues and how they got interested in nursing and what steps they took to get to where they are today. I highlight suggest you check it out!

yoonji recommends the following next steps:

Watch "A day in the life of a nurse" on CareerVillage's Instagram Stories to learn more about the field. https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18018688315197171/?hl=en

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