Any advice for a new ortho nurse - page 2
by Nice Nurse 5,802 Views | 15 Comments
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!!!!!!... Read More
- 0Jul 30, '05 by AtlantaRNMy first position in the hospital setting was an ortho/neuro unit. I was precepted by an experienced ortho nurse, and learned, learned, learned! Ask ALOT of questions!!
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- 0Aug 17, '05 by janhetheringtonI have been an ortho nurse for 16 years. PAIN is such a big issue with ortho patients. One trick I found out on night shift was that if your patient was given morphine or Demerol and is still having unacceptable levels of pain, often you can stop it simply by adding tylenol. Also, ice everywhere it hurts. (30 minutes on, 30 minutes off). Buys you time for the medicine to kick in. And there is a lot more blood than in many other specialties. When I first started, I was concerned about so much blood on dressings. I would ask the ortho surgeons about it, and finally one said, "Don't bother me about bleeding unless it's dripping on the floor and making a big puddle!" Of course we watch their b/p and their H&Hs, especially after total knees and fixators. But dressings, we reinforce and go on.