Do any of these statement sound familiar to you?
- “I am starting to doubt that I belong in the ICU or that I am smart enough to work there.”
- “I am really struggling to find my confidence.”
- “I am just so overwhelmed.”
- “I go home and worry about work all the time. I feel so defeated.”
- “I am terrified that I will be in charge of these sick patients once orientation is over!”
- “Even with my experience, I feel like a brand new nurse again. I’ve never felt so incompetent in my life!”
- “I don’t know anymore if I am good enough for this.”
If you’ve ever had any of these thoughts cross your mind, you’ve come to the right place.
My name is Gromit and I am on a mission to help you become the confident ICU nurse that you want to be!
Becoming The ICU Nurse of Your Dreams
I was not a brand new nurse when I started out in the ICU. I had 3 years of experience in a range of units like med-surg and tele. I felt pretty rock solid in my skill set and confident I would do well when I could (finally!) land my dream ICU job.
Well when the day finally came and I began my journey as an ICU nurse, my little nurse-world got turned upside down! Gone were the days of feeling sure of abilities. Good bye confidence! Hello doubt and feeling overwhelmed and oftentimes stupid. It was debilitating! Needless to say, it was a bumpy road. My manager and educator would pull me aside, saying stuff like, “Gromit… You need to work on your critical thinking if you want to make it.” There was a lot at stake: my job, my confidence, and my dream of being an ICU nurse.
I REALLY wanted to succeed. I asked every preceptor and nurse to help me refine this skill, but most of the advice I got was, “it just takes time!”
So I scoured the internet for tips and tricks, for insights into how to get myself to be an ICU nurse. But I found myself disappointed and feeling alone and wondering, “am I stupid?... Maybe I am not cut out for this…” (BTW: ignore that thought if you’re having it).
I bought 10 different textbooks but not one addressed my problem!
At the end of the day, I learned like everyone else did: by trial and error, by having “time and experience”, and with tons of sweat and tears.
But I’ve decided: No more! Someone’s got to put an end to this madness! I reject the archaic belief that the only way to achieve being a great ICU nurse is with lots of “time and experience”- and you should, too.
I believe in you. I believe you can become that awesome ICU nurse you’ve dreamt of being. But it takes work and it takes dedication.
How can you get from being a baby-icu nurse to that amazing nurse with all the abilities in the world? How can you get through this hard chapter of self-doubt and an overwhelming amount of information to process? How do you get to the point where you can confidently say, “I am an ICU nurse!”?
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