Morning report on 30 people(average number), You will either do the meds for the day, all 30 people, or you will run the desk.
Meds have 2 hours to get completed, and it can be done.
But never think you are just doing meds, being the front line eyes for the nurse at the desk(if you are on days) eves or nights you are usually the only nurse.
GT set ups/ running time. ( calc by dietary)
If you run the desk:
Report, get from nights, and give to your CNAs.
Treatments and dressing changes.
(on computer - much easier)
pre-screening all bumps bruises scratches and falls doe the MD ( so you know what to report)
Charting for medicare, medicaid,
Pick up all md orders,
run admissions and discharges
oversee the entire staff on the unit.
PICC lines, & their care
and so much more.
Ther eis little difference between a med Surg Unit and a Geriatric Unit, those differences are pronounced..but of you too away the "ouliers" for each type of job, theya re the same
We run codes, We start IV's, we dischrge people to homes.
Now this all seems daunting, but if you have organizational skills...not the ones you think you have, but the ones people tell you that you have.... then it can all be done.
I have been doing it for 17 years, started in a Nursing Home, did evenings and nights, then days, then back to eves and nights, back to days. I think the only thing I missed was doing open heart massage.
Its not a slow job by any means, and we hav new grads here who could tell you the same thing. You stay busy and need all of your assessment skills.