Starting new job!

  1. I'm also a new nurse, and I was lucky to get a job with a local hospital , on their orthopedic floor.. Any advice or suggestion , that will help me prepare for this great opportunity?
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    About tbehlow

    Joined: Sep '10; Posts: 84; Likes: 49
    LPN; from US
    Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in Orthopedics, and Home care


  3. by   TheCommuter
    Be knowledgeable regarding orthopedic issues such as total knee arthroplasties, total hip arthroplasties, open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgeries, fractures, splints, braces, immobilizers, casts, pins, rods, sutures, surgical staples, CPM machines, heat, ice, laminectomies, kyphoplasties, fusion surgeries, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, end stage degenerative joint disease, compartment syndrome, and other problems.

    Pain meds are common on these types of floors. You'll likely be administering plenty of hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Norco), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), morphine, oxycontin, oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet), Demerol, fentanyl (Duragesic), tramadol (Ultram), and more.
  4. by   tbehlow
    Thank you!!! That is very helpful..
  5. by   LTCNS
    Wonderful advice from TheCommuter, and congrats!!
  6. by   tbehlow
    Thank you! I have definitely brushing upon my reading , and making myself little cheat sheets