I work at a rehab hospital. . .get really familiar with your pain meds. Norco (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) is the pain medication I administer most commonly. Other pain meds that I administer include tramadol (Ultram), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone IR (immediate release), Oxycodone SR (sustained release a.k.a. Oxycontin), Morphine, MS Contin (sustained release morphine), oxycodone/acetaminophen (Percocet), Demerol, and hydrocodone/ibuprofen (Vicoprofen).
Lots of anticoagulation protocols are in place due to the multitude of CVAs and s/p MIs. You'll be giving of Coumadin, Pradaxa, Lovenox, Heparin, Plavix, ASA, etc.
Brush up on the following diagnoses, surgeries and afflictions: CVA, MI, multiple sclerosis, quadriplegia, paraplegia, tramautic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, pneumonia, BKA (below the knee amputation), AKA (above the knee amputation), CA (cancer), autonomic dysreflexia, hypertension, CAD, PVD, CHF, diabetes type I and II, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, TKA (total knee arthroplasty), THA (total hip arthroplasty), ORIF, CABG, ostomy care, PEG tube care, etc.