Ortho floor is really not vastly different than med-surg. You'll still give baths, pass meds, VS, etc. Be especially aware of pt's body positioning, level of activity ordered, & pain control. Be sure you know whether a pt is a 1-2 assist, standby, or bedrest. I wouldn't get up any pt without staff present the first time, unless in report you are told that they are a standby or do very well with just one person. Don't forget that gait belt & walker! Don't try to put a knee pt on their CPM without staff help.
Encourage pts to turn! Many will get comfortable in one position & don't want to move. Get them up out of bed & into a chair for an hour or two if possible, usually meal times are good. Don't forget the IS & deep breathing. Our floor does PT twice daily, so factor in those times the pt is out so you can get everything done.
My floor has many elective surgeries, hip/knee replacements, so many of the pts are pretty "healthy" & stable for the most part. You still have hypertension, diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc. for a lot of pts. Post-op blood transfusions are common, but as a student, you will just observe that process. On my floor, students are allowed to do the daily dressing changes & d/c any autotransfusers the first post-op morning. You may get to d/c a foley or insert one. Be aware of complications, just like any surgery - lately my floor has had a couple PEs & MIs postop. I had one gentleman who had an MI on his 3rd POD & was transferred out & then another lady who had a PE & died a few hours before discharge.
If you're not sure ask about something, ask! Good Luck & hope you had a great day!