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Student nurse, going on a cardiothoracic ward, what will i need to know?

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TaylahA

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Tue Jul 19, 2016 11:07 am

Hi,

I am about to start a placement on a Cardiothoracic ward in about a weeks time. I was just wondering if anyone can give me some tips or advice. I also need to do some research is there anything i should know in particular being on this ward?

Thanks.

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Sep 20, 2016, 04:51 am

Congratulations in being able to go to that particular ward.  That should and will be a rewarding experience for you.  I did go to a cardio ward before and I also volunteered at the thoracic unit as well.  It is very similar, yet different at the same time.  The things that I would do in order to get ready for your experience are the following:

1.  Do internet research on what treatments you will be doing and the anatomy and physiology aspects of the parts of the body that you will be doing the treatments on.

2.  Look at your nursing textbook pertaining to this aspect and highlight the important aspects of this rotation.  

3.  Understand the vocabulary in which you will be learning about  from doing these particular treatments.  

4.  Understand the value of why this rotation is so important in your nursing school experience.  

I hope this helps.  Also, go to your local library and get some books that pertain to this rotation as well.  

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Oct 11, 2016, 06:58 am

Congratulations on going into the cardiothoracic ward.  The things that you need to know are the following things:

1.  Make sure that you write flashcards on the heart and understand the vocabulary of it.  

2.  Make sure that you understand the thoracic vocabulary and know the anatomy of it really well.  

3.  Make sure that you understand the schedule of the nursing rotation and the hospital policies as well.  

4.  Please get a good night's rest and eat balanced meals.  

I wish you the best.