I am an experienced med-surg RN who has a strong medical-pulmonary background. I recently moved and started a float/travel position and I am encountering a wide variety of med-surg patients. My orientation was non-existent (such is life as a float nurse), and I find that my assessment skills are a little rusty in certain areas. Does anyone have any good references or resources for brushing up on physical assessments? Maybe some of the newer nurses have some good tips as they are learning to develop their skills?
Also, I have been taking care of quite a few general surgery patients (urology, gyn, nephro, GI) and could use some tips on caring for patients both preop and postop on some of the more common surgeries. I have very little time to research while at work and I am hoping I can get some info here.
Thank you in advance!