[FONT="Lucida Sans Unicode"]First of all, congratulations!
The floor I work on is stroke overflow (stroke floor only has 19 beds) at a teaching hospital that is stroke certified, so we do receive quite a few neuro patients.
My first MedSurg clinical rotation, though, was on a floor that sounds like yours. (Same hospital - before it expanded and became really specialized - all neuro was lumped onto one floor). Oh my goodness, I learned SO MUCH! I personally think a neuro floor is a great choice for a new nurse, because you will perfect those skills you learned in school. The things you'll learn on that floor will help you in whatever field you enter in the future!
I'm not going to lie, it will be difficult. I think all new nursing jobs
are, but neuro patients can be very stressful and the A & P involved is quite complex. But please do NOT give up...remember no matter what, that your AllNurses family is here for you!
As for what to study, I did a little research for you. (I am a huge dork who regularly spends $100 at a time on nursing books
, even though I've been out of school for four years!)
These titles sound yummy! (Some are pricey, so shop around...all can be found on Amazon
The Clinical Practice of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing (Clinical Practice of Neurological & Neurosurgical Nursing)
- Joanne V. Hickey, 12/2008
Care of the Neurological Patient (Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses)
- Helen Iggluden, 6/2006
Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple (3rd Edition)
- Stephen Goldberg, 1/2007
Wish you the best!