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Hi everyone. I would appreciate any helpful tips and advice for a new ortho nurse. Your experience can make definitely help me learn. Thanks for your time!!!!!!
i think i have insight to ortho patients, because i myself have had 15 separate surgeries all ortho.
myself as a patient, pain control was the biggest issue, these pts have more pain than most esp if they have back surgery. i think these are your most challenging pts. as far pain, infection, mobility, and other complications.
most importantly, if a patient asked you for something for pain, it should take you no longer than 5-10mins to go and get it and to give it. nothing was more frustrating as a patient to ask for pain meds and have to wait for 30 mins or even longer sometimes. unless you have an absolute emergency, that should be your priority. just go and get whatever med it is right away.
also, turning, coughing and deep breathing is very important to all othro patients, but esp true for the older population.
i worked on an icu step-down unit and unfortunately we received alot of pts from our ortho unit, mainly because the nurse would go in give a pt some sort of narcotic, and then walk out of the room and not go back to check on them. never, and i mean never give a narc and walk out, you should stay in the room a minimum of 5 mins to make sure they are doing ok.
anyway i hope it helps.