Can you give us an idea on ratio, whom is on your team? LPN, CNA?
What I have done that works for me:
Get my cheat sheet ready with my pt's names
Obtain report from Nocs.
As I'm getting my report, I'm mentally going through my pt's acuity and making a mental list on whom I'm going to see first and second, etc..
Some nurses see the sickest first, others the easiest. See what works for you.
Once of report, check your med times and labs if back.
Go round on your pts and do your assessments. Put out fires as needed.
Pass meds within the next hour prior. Remember, you have an hour before and after.
Always put in the back of your mind that you could get an admit at any time. I think 'working' ahead in your mind helps you become organized and stay that way.
Yes, your prev job can and will help you in your new position.
Congrats and welcome to Med/Surg. I hope you find it as interesting as many of us long time med/surg nurses do.