I am wondering if I can get any pointers, I am starting a new job at a hospital working in Ortho. I graduated 1.5 years ago and have been working in a nursing home. Any help and or advise would be greatly appreciated.
First of all congrats on getting a job in a hospital as an LPN!Just ensure you get an adequate orientation and preceptorship. If you feel overwhelmed- ask for more time! Will you be in a team with an RN or working by yourself? Make sure you work within parameters of your scope (I'm not sure what your restrictions are). LTC and hospitals are very different especially being on a specialty floor of ortho, however your time in LTC will have obviously given you great skills and base for working on a floor. I would say learn common types of patient conditions for ortho floors (most common fractures and the treatments and surgeries etc) and brush up on your anatomy if you feel it will help. Congrats again! You'll do great!
Thanks for the help. Yes there will be several RN's on the floor, I will be the only LPN from my understanding. The training will be for 6-8 weeks. I will brush up on anatomy, procedures, surgeries and treatment plans. Thanks again for the help.