Friday, July 06, 2012
Have you ever thought being a nurse is all about coming to work on a shifting basis, giving medications on the right time, or as long as behavior on a specific time of the day? Reckon again. The shifting basis stays the same, as a nurse comes in on a morning, afternoon or nighttime duty, but the workload for this group of nurses is very different from you first thought it would be. Ever heard of the intensive care unit or most commonly known as the ICU? Yes, nurses still work there, but they are on a working field that is much different from what you know.
Just like a ward nurse, an intensive care nurse is someone assigned in the ICU, they do nearly the same routines, and procedures like most nurses do. Those assigned in the ward are given at least five patients depending on the load of the area. As for ICU nurses, the ratio of them to patients is 1:1, which earnings for every nurse has to care for only one patient. These patients, but, are admitted in the ICU for reasons that they may have a debilitating disorder or their current condition is so severe, constant monitoring has to be performed nearly the clock.
Most of the time, an intensive care nurse stays in the patient’s room, makes his or her progress report, and uses his or her five senses in looking out for any deviations from normal findings. Should he or she find out about anything, the nurse performs appropriate procedures to care for the patient. The nurse also has routine work, like administering medications on time, monitoring for the devices being placed on the patient, and responsibility health teaching to the patient or the family members. It may signal as simple as you thought it is, but the stressful part comes when the patient experiences multiple problems that the nurse has to attend to in an eight-hour duty, not to mention the possibility of the patient going through cardiac arrest.