Code Blue: What to expect and how to contribute as a new RN

 

Cathy shares her experience with her first few Code Blue situations as a new nurse and even during nursing school. She explains how CPR is actually very hard work and exhausting. She also explains how your role can evolve as more help arrives and how to transition. As the main actors in a Code Blue arrive like the critical care doctor, ICU nurses and lab, you need to stay there to give a really clear report, especially if you are dealing with your patient.

Cathy also describes what it’s like to lose a patient and how dealing with the family can sometimes be rough when they are emotional and accusational about the level of care. This can be very rough on new nurses and Cathy explains how she has coped with those situations. 

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