I am an RN with 5 yrs of experience, all in psych. I have not touched a wound vac, dressing, IV, catheter, or decubitus since nursing school
, and I feel like I didn't even get much hands-on experience there. I am looking for a PD position in LTC/rehab to gain some skills and possibly move into acute care someday.
I had an interview today and was called back to interview at 2 other facilities. No matter where I work, my orientation will be minimal, as I will be working PD and I have a full time position elsewhere.
What should I brush up on?? I am very comfortable giving PO meds, as I've done that for 5 years, but I am nervous being the only nurse for 20 pts with no one else on the floor and having to face a dressing/IV/whatever without knowing what to do. Even though my resume makes it clear I have only worked in psych (and most of that in non-acute psych), I do have 5 yrs of RN experience so I feel like people will expect me to know what I'm doing!!!
Any tips on what to review, watch youtube videos of, etc??
How did you manage as a new LTC nurse with a short orientation?