I will be working with Ortho patients and I am a recent ADN graduate. I am a bit concerned about how ortho nurses "fit everything in" that needs to be done. I am hoping some of you experts (you know who you are) will give me some pearls of wisdom. I know on any Med/SUrg floor nurses are very busy with Assessments, Meds, Dsg Changes, etc.....so how do Ortho Nurses fit in the "out of bed/ambulate TID" order that all the ortho docs write?How do you handle getting patients to get out of bed? Most of my client population are elderly, and it seems if I tell them they need to get up, they tell me to stick it where the sun don't shine!
Also, anyone know a good site for tips on Ortho patients, limitations, etc?
The great thing we had was the PT department satellite room right on our unit. They got them up, showed them how to use the BR safely, ambulated and either sat up or put back to bed bid /7 d week. The very worst is those CPM machines-are they still used? They weigh a ton. The rest is just like med/surg with the addition of color sensation movement assessments.
GOOGLING got me several sites. Here is one
Last edit by P_RN on Jan 21, '06