Hello all! I just discovered the rehab forum , and I am so grateful it's available, because I start my floor orientation on an acute rehab unit in a hospital as a new grad and am kind of limited on the knowledge of what I am getting myself into. I know rehab is going to involve a lot of lifting, and physical work. I am doing the night shift, and hoping it's not going to stress me out too much. I'm the kind of person that is always up and running and dedicated to getting my work done, so im not worried about if it's fast paced, I just want to make sure I dont' mess up.
But the main reason posting this thread is because I'm starting to second guess this position. I know if I am trained well, I can do a good job and take care of my patients well, but I am a very petite person. I'm 5'1 and 110 pounds, and I think people are just going to wonder how in the world are you going to do rehab?!
I have confidence in myself regardless of what people may think of me, but I wanted suggestions from experienced rehab nurses as to what I can do to prepare myself. What kind of things can I review before I start or as I am going through my orientation? What will be my challenges? Anyone have any suggestions as to what' s the best way to organize and take care of my patients in a timely manner? I will be assigned 9-10 pts, and kind of overwhelmed about this. Please share whatever your experience may be , whether you are in a hospital setting or LTAC. thank you in advance.