What Is It Like Working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as a Unit Secretary?


What is it like working in an ICU? There are different types of ICUs. You have the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit), and the regular ICU (Intensive Care Unit). 

What type of patients will you see?
  • Patients who had Heart Attacks.
  • Patients who have had surgery (not all, most can go back to a regular unit once they are out of recovery). 
  • Patients who had an organ transplant.
  • Patients who have died and the body are kept alive to allow their organs to be used for donation. 
  • Patients who have drowned.
  • Patients in comas (intubated).
  • Patients who have internal bleeding, whether it's GI (gastrointestinal) related or a possible aneurysm. 
  • And more...
But no matter what type of ICU it is, the patients are all in the same boat. They are in critical condition, and they need more medical attention.

    You will see the representatives from Hospice more, as a patient in ICU is more likely to go to Hospice than a patient on the Med/Surg (Medical/Surgical) unit. 
    You will see the EEG tech more as they perform tests to see what brain activity a patient may have (this would not be for all patients, only those where the brain activity may be called into question).  
  You will see the Case Manager or Social Worker more as they will be involved in arranging home health care, rehabilitation, order Durable Medical Equipment, etc. 
    To find out what else to expect in the ICU, watch the video above. 
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