Originally posted by benham:
I have worked in ortho for a little over two years, and I love it. I have just recently started working for an ortho doc in his office and scrub with him during surgery. It is the greatest nursing experience I have ever had. After seeing the actual surgery, you begin to understand what the recovery is like and the importance of good PT and a good floor nurse. I would not recommend ortho for everyone, because it is hard work, but it is very rewarding to see a total joint replacement pt. walk again.
Ditto. I am an LPN and work for an Orthopedic Surgeon as his office nurse and scrub/assist in surgeries. It is hard work with diverse knowledge of anatomy, it's injury and disease processes and tx course. The knowledge of PT/OT, casts, traction, ext fixators, knee braces, orthodics etc just broadens the variety of the feild! Not to mention the occasional amputation by table saw patients...4 last month! The range of ages of the patients you see keeps your communication and pt teaching skills challenged. Also, you become cognizant of diagnostic tests...MRI, CT, EMG, X-ray, Bone Scans etc giving you more insight to the complete picture of Orthopaedics.
Best of luck! ~Jodie
[This message has been edited by Jo_deye_yuh (edited July 30, 2000).]