I work on an ortho floor (for 3 1/2 years) as a CNA and I am also a nursing student (May 2006). We begin our day with trying to get our baths done. Most of our patients are up for meals, so we do that. With the hip patients there are many things to remember (don't bend over past 90 degrees, don't let your knee roll in, don't cross your legs). With both the hips and the knees some physicians has specific orders regarding weight bearing status, so you have to be aware of that when you get the patients out of bed. The knee replacent patients, we put them in their CPM machines three times a day (during the dayshift) for 1-2 hours at a time. When they are up in the chair they are continously doing flexion/extension positioning with a leg lifter and rolling footstool. And, of course there are the frequent potty breaks. It never fails that once you get someone all hooked into their CPM with the footpumps and everything on, they say..."Oh, I should've gone to the bathroom". Always, always, always, ask them before putting them back to bed!
Usually around 10-11am our new surgicals start rolling in and that involves vital signs (every half hour x 3, then every hour x 4), coughing and deep breathing, incentive spirometry, and turning.
It's a great place to work...but remember, get help lifting if you need it! It can also be a very heavy back-breaking place to work!