There is no "typical day" as the poster above states. LOL
Shift change report at the bedside, with eyeballing the patients quickly to see if there are any immediate needs
Patients are prioritized. Patients with trachs and patients reporting pain, or who are unstable in any way are prioritized first. If there are none of the above, I go systematically in order of room doing head to toe assessments, turning and repositioning. By the 3rd or 4th patient it's usually time to pass medications.
Depending on tech support, I'll also pass breakfast trays about this time.
By 10:00 meds and assessments should be done, and if all is well, and there are no new orders I will either chart, or do treatments, such as dressing changes, trach care, central line care, changing IVs, getting patients out of bed who don't have physical therapy, and bedbaths depending on the CNA situation, etc. etc. etc.
Between noon and 1pm I'll eat lunch myself. Never ever do I skip lunch, but timing is variable.
Twice a week there are interdisciplinary rounds with social work, pt, ot, dietary, etc. at which I'll report on my patients.
I might have a discharge or two, an admit or two, someone coming and going to surgery. Teaching is very important during this time.
Working trauma there is an endless amount of narcotic pain control issues, as well as just medicating them (some patients every hour).
I will try to have all of my bedside charting and computer charting done by 3pmish, but'ts that's only a goal, that is the least of my worries, although the sooner things get charted the better. I try to chart dressings, treatments, etc. as I do them.
On and on and on until 7pm.
This is a med-surg trauma nurse in a hospital. I'm sure I've lefts stuff out.