New Grad Starting in ED - Advice on Good Assessments - page 3

by ecf1972 12,252 Views | 24 Comments

Hi all, I graduated in May and will be starting my first job as an ED nurse next week. I was wondering if any of you experienced ED nurses could share with me initial assessments that you have found to prove helpful over the... Read More


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    Wow congrats everyone! I'm still trying..applied to about 350 jobs so far since may Wish I had so good contacts...NY is hard!!!
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    How does one know who needs a full head-to-toe and who just needs a focused assessment? For, say, a hand laceration, I wouldn't really need to listen to heart and lung sounds. I guess it's just a judgement call, isn't it?
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    Quote from whichone'spink
    How does one know who needs a full head-to-toe and who just needs a focused assessment? For, say, a hand laceration, I wouldn't really need to listen to heart and lung sounds. I guess it's just a judgement call, isn't it?
    If the lac came in with uncontrolled bleeding, I'd say you should focus on getting the bleeding under control first... but never think that you don't need to pay attention to other systems/body parts. You never know what freak things could happen in a situation, or what underlying conditions a person might have. Just because someone has a hand lac doesn't mean they can't have something else going on.
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    We had an ankle injury come in once who turned out to have ragingly high blood sugar. Known, non compliant diabetic. Ended up being a lot more than an X-ray and splint.
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    Thank you for all the information you post here. I just started my Capstone for Nursing School and I'm in the ER. Came here looking for advice on assessing pts since it is done differently in the ER vs Med Surg. This has been very helpful in giving me direction to fine tuning my skills. thanks


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