I am a new RN and just started on the Neuro med-surg unit at my hospital. We have another floor for Neuro (CVA, MS, etc.). We get a lot of post-fall, TIA, observation, AMS etc. Our floor has frequent patient turnover but we are usually pretty full.
While I love the hospital that I work for and the team that I am surrounded with, I have to say it is crazy busy. I will admit that I have some difficulty delegating tasks as I want to take care of my patients as much as I can. It could stem from nursing school
, where we had to do it all...bed baths, vitals, accuchecks...all of it. Or perhaps it stems from my former days as a server or just my need to please. However, I am quickly learning the harsh reality that 12 hours is not as long as you think when you consider all of the work that you need to fit into that time frame. Prioritization and delegation are key.
As Nurse_Diane said, very unpredictable. We do get a variety. Definitely a lot of neuro checks, post-op/ post-void bladder scans, etc. Certainly not a dull moment.
I think the most important factor no matter what floor you are on is the team you are working with. Some advice that we got in orientation was to make sure you introduce yourself to everyone. Don't keep yourself in a bubble. You will need the support system.