Tips for New Grad in Geriatric/Rehab Nursing

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    Hello all Just joined Allnurses--seems to be a pretty good deal so far! This is my first post though

    I was just hired in with a large health care provider in Michigan. I am super excited! I couldnt ask for a better job as a new graduate RN. Full time, full benefits, midnight charge nurse position on the Rehab/LTC unit attached to a hospital.

    Geri in my practicum experience was Medical/surgical, not really LTC. I realize as an RN, I should expect medications, treatments, assessments, etc. I guess I am just looking for advice on caring for these guys in a systematic way?? I am used to multitasking for 4-5 patients on a med/surg unit. I havent experienced being charge for 32 residents and 2 CENAs. Help! I am so nervous Any advice is appreciated!
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    Honestly Here is my advice make your CNAs your new best friends they can make or break your shift and can make your life a breeze at work or a living hell. Also I found it easier to chart as I go and get all my Med A patients done first and any nursing assessments. I tend to let vitals happen in the morning unless patients are up just because no one wants to be woke up to have their vitals done in the middle of the night. Unless you have your CNAs do it on their rounds to check and change people. The most important thing I can tell you is go with your gut and your instincts with them if you don't think something is right or somethings off send them out.


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