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  • Sep 23 '16

    Are surgical units any easier than general medical units? I've been working on medical units with the occasional surgical patient and am considering employment on a surgical unit. I have found the surgical patients typically easier - they are younger, A&Ox3, pleasant, few scheduled meds - altho some have lots of PRN needs between pain and nausea. On medical units, seems like I typically have mostly confused patients that are huge fall risks - who are on 10M meds, are slow at taking meds, want to talk endlessly, on isolation precautions, need lots of help to BSC or restroom, on restraints or bed alarms that go off continually, etc, etc.