Quote from bill4745
I've worked in two extremes: 1. ICU 7pm-7am. Lots of sitting, doing chart checks, only two patient rooms to travel between, many times several hours with noting but turning the two patients every two hours. Not physically demanding. 2. My current position is ER 11am-11pm - constant walking, 4 rooms at least to attend to, plus helping in other rooms. Being over 50, it sometimes wears me down, especially 3 in a row. There are quite a variety of positions in nursing.
Dang Bill!! You make ICU sound like a cake walk.
In MY ICU world, it's very physically demanding. Yes, we have two patients, but our acuity level is very high. My last shift involved a 20 year old with end stage cardiomyopathy, on a BIVAD, to whom I gave 14 units of PRBC's, 4 of FFP, and a 10 pack each of platelets and cryo because of a coagulopathy post-op - and that was just in the first 5 hours of my shift with him. I won't bore you with the details of the rest of the stuff he had going on, but I only got to sit down (and chart and eat at the same time) while he went to the OR for a look-see. Not all shifts are so crazy, but I don't recall ever having several hours where all I do is turn people.
ER is a nuthouse as well. Been there done that many times, as a float, and I always ran my tail off.
Basically, mammaoftwo, any bedside position is going to require a fairly large amount of physical output. It's just the nature of the beast, whether you're an LPN or an RN. As an RN, however, you have more opportunity to move away from the bedside and into something more administrative in nature.