new ward nurse starting out

  1. i am making up some bound index cards to carry with me for when i start out on the ward at a new job.

    as a relatively new 'new grad' what are the types of information that would be useful for me to have close by?

    so far my index cards have all my norm values for basic blood and urine chemistry, haematology, blood glucose stuff for diabetic patients, norm ranges for vitals, some basic general abbreviations, and a list of some general medications alphabeticalized (sp?) so i can look at my list real quick and know right away what it's basically used for.

    i know i need to add in MD's short forms for things, and abbrev's for some surgical procedures, but that is specific to the floor... also i'll need extension numbers (ie., dietary, emerg codes, blah, blah)--again site-specific.

    could you guys pls. email me with any more info?? i'm excited about starting out as a new floor nurse and want to get off to a good start.

    thanks everyone!! you can pm me too!!

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  3. by   mom2rosebudbaby
    I too am a new RN and I found this wonderful book that I plan to carry in my pocket. It is RN notes-- Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide
    It has everything you might need to look up right at your fingertips and is very small. It has tabs with Basics,labs,assessments,ob/gyn/,emer/ICU,ECG,Meds/IV,tools

    It has a page with a communication board on it in case you have a patient who can't speak. This book is awesome

    I bought it at a books a million bookstore but Barnes and Noble probably has it. F.A. Davis is the publisher and Ehren Myers is the author.

    You should definitely check it out. There was another thread about this a week or so ago and I think they said you could order if from Amazon but it takes awhile to get from there. I paid $21.95 for it.

    Oh another thing you can write in it and wipe it off with alcohol -- or possibly use a dry erase marker.
  4. by   nursenatalie
    I agree with mom2rosebudbaby that book is great. I take it to clinical with me. It is easier to have all the info in a book rather than on index cards. Those cards would be torn and tattered after just a few weeks and without page numbers or tabs you could be thumbing through them for information more than you would like to. Most floors have good reference books at the desk to refer to but the clinical pocket guide is a must-have. If you could afford it a PDA would be ideal.