I graduated last year in April. Finally got a job pls help

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    I graduated last year in April. Took a few months off to help my gradmother. I finally took my NCLEX on December 1 and I passed it.

    Fast forward to today I was finally offered a job and I have to go get a TB done for the health care check and sign a i9 for for new hires.

    My question is what type of information should I be studying now?
    I graduated so long ago and just want to refresh on any important info.

    One thing she said is that they give pain meds out often before they go to therapy. What are the most used pain killers in a rehab hospital?

    She also said new grads take care of only 3 patients..After I get more experience they move me up to 6 patients.

    I want to be a great nurse. Please show me what I should be studying on a daily basis.
    Last edit by NursingBro on Feb 18, '13
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    Quote from NursingBro
    IOne thing she said is that they give pain meds out often before they go to therapy. What are the most used pain killers in a rehab hospital?
    I work at a rehab hospital and Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) is the pain medication I administer most commonly. Other pain meds that I administer include tramadol (Ultram), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone IR (immediate release), Oxycodone SR (sustained release a.k.a. Oxycontin), Morphine, MS Contin (sustained release morphine), oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet), Demerol, and hydrocodone/ibuprofen (Vicoprofen).

    6 patients at the rehab hospital? You're fortunate to have such good nurse/patient ratios. I care for 7 to 8 patients on a fully staffed shift. If we're understaffed, I must care for 9 to 12 patients.

    Study the following diagnoses, surgeries and afflictions: CVA, MI, multiple sclerosis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, tramautic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, pneumonia, BKA (below the knee amputation), AKA (above the knee amputation), CA (cancer), autonomic dysreflexia, hypertension, CAD, PVD, CHF, diabetes type I and II, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, TKA (total knee arthroplasty), THA (total hip arthroplasty), ORIF, CABG, ostomy care, PEG tube care, etc.
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    6 patients? Consider yourself very blessed, I have 20+ and am also a new nurse. It can be very overwhelming at times but I'll tell you the same thing I and told, "hang in there, you'll get the hang of it." good luck!
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    I work at a rehab hospital and Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) is the pain medication I administer most commonly. Other pain meds that I administer include tramadol (Ultram), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone IR (immediate release), Oxycodone SR (sustained release a.k.a. Oxycontin), Morphine, MS Contin (sustained release morphine), oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet), Demerol, and hydrocodone/ibuprofen (Vicoprofen).

    6 patients at the rehab hospital? You're fortunate to have such good nurse/patient ratios. I care for 7 to 8 patients on a fully staffed shift. If we're understaffed, I must care for 9 to 12 patients.

    Study the following diagnoses, surgeries and afflictions: CVA, MI, multiple sclerosis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, tramautic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, pneumonia, BKA (below the knee amputation), AKA (above the knee amputation), CA (cancer), autonomic dysreflexia, hypertension, CAD, PVD, CHF, diabetes type I and II, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, TKA (total knee arthroplasty), THA (total hip arthroplasty), ORIF, CABG, ostomy care, PEG tube care, etc.
    Wow thank you so much. I will start reading more about all of these medications and procedures.


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