i am making up some bound index cards to carry with me for when i start out on the ward at a new job.
as a relatively new 'new grad' what are the types of information that would be useful for me to have close by?
so far my index cards have all my norm values for basic blood and urine chemistry, haematology, blood glucose stuff for diabetic patients, norm ranges for vitals, some basic general abbreviations, and a list of some general medications alphabeticalized (sp?) so i can look at my list real quick and know right away what it's basically used for.
i know i need to add in MD's short forms for things, and abbrev's for some surgical procedures, but that is specific to the floor... also i'll need extension numbers (ie., dietary, emerg codes, blah, blah)--again site-specific.
could you guys pls. email me with any more info?? i'm excited about starting out as a new floor nurse and want to get off to a good start.
thanks everyone!! you can pm me too!!