I normally have between 5-10 patients and I work day shift. Here is my normal routine:
0645: get report
0700: take vitals
0730: make sure everyone got their breakfast trays & pass any water or fill ice packs as needed
0800: start picking up breakfast trays
0830: start giving baths & changing linens (ortho surgical unit, no showers), try to be done with baths by 1100 - I always empty linens after baths as well
1100: take vitals
1130: get blood sugars
1200: make sure everyone got their lunch trays okay
1230: pick up lunch trays
1500: take vitals
1630: get blood sugars
1700: make sure dinner trays were passed okay
1800: pass ice water & fill ice packs, empty trash as needed
1900: give report & leave
And of course that is peppered with a LOT of call lights. Our people can't get up alone because most of them were joint or back surgeries, so every bathroom trips is gait belt & walker with an aide in tow.
Then we also bladder scan & straight cath or put in Foleys as needed. I probably do at least one a shift.
Oh and also I would be receiving surgical patients as well and doing their post-op vitals and settling them into their rooms. And also doing pre-op surgical baths as needed.
If I get slow periods (lol) I stock thermometer covers, cups, snacks, etc. and I always stock items we run out of on an as needed basis, like gloves. I tend to spend a lot of my time picking up trash and basically cleaning up after other people - both patients and co-workers unfortunately. If we don't have a unit secretary, I try to help out at the front nurses station whenever I can - updating boards, answering phones, etc. It seems like I'm in constant motion at work, and I rarely sit down, mainly just to chart which is fairly minimal.
I love a good busy day
I kinda hate sitting around not doing anything.