This coming Monday I begin orientation for my first job at an acute care/rehab facility as an RN. I am a mix of excited, anxious and nervous. I know this is what I have been training for since my first semester of clinicals at school. I found out majority of the patients i will be with are elderly, so I have an idea of the types of meds I will be giving. however I also found out that I will be responsible for 20 patients, I will also be doing lots of wound care (apparently we get a lot of transfers from a local hospital and there are a lot of stage 3 pressure ulcers), central lines. How did many of you handle this kind of patient load? I know we have to do morning and afternoon med passes and according to nurses there, they don't finish morning med passes until lunch sometimes, and end up staying several hours post shift to finish charting.
Any tips regarding to help me would be greatly appreciated, but i am not looking to cut corners. thanks!