one thing in ortho is that the patients are usually high turnover, our total joints go home usually pod 2, many pod 1. we get a lot of geriatric falls, so sometimes they stay longer until they can placed in rehab. Lots of time management with getting everyone pain medication on time and helping them as much as you can to the bathroom. You really need to have a good relationship with your aides because most ortho patients are not used to NOT being able to get up and get really angry if they end up soiling themselves.
Lots of discharges and admissions. I work mostly weekends and that population tends to be our shoulders and ankles that are done late in the week and they needed another day. By the end of Sunday, we have more Gen/Med patients. Tues-Fri are the busiest. There are days that we may have 10-13 d/c and them admits (31 bed unit).
We have PT that is there every day and they stay late so that is very helpful.
The only downside is that we have a lot of residents on the floor because the upper level residents and attendings are in surgery. The residents tend to look to the nurses fir guidance sometimes.
The best part is that most patients are not very sick and that means very few Codes. occasional rapid response for a vaso-vagal, but not too often.
That's all I can think of right now. If you have more questions, I'll check back