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I just got hired as a new grad on an ortho unit. Will this be helpful in the future or should I get out as soon as I can?

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by Pairmyhair Pairmyhair (New) New Nurse

Pairmyhair has 1 years experience and specializes in Ortho new grad.

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So basically I am a new grad and I've accepted the first position offered to me at the hospital I want to work at. I needed a job immediately and I really want to work at this hospital. The only new grad position they had was ortho so I took it. I am getting anxious as the day leading up to my first day approaches. Any advice to be successful as a new grad ortho nurse? Also, do you think that ortho will prepare me to become a med surg trauma/float nurse in the future? I know that I eventually want to do trauma/ER and maybe do float after I finish my time on Ortho. I am not sure if this is the right choice but I am hoping to get clarity from others.

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Ortho floors are going to include orthopedic trauma patients (once they no longer need ICU level care/didn't need ICU level care) as well as total joint patients and other types of patients. Yes, this type of nursing will help you learn time management and other skills that will transfer to different types of units, plus these patients will likely be of all adult ages and have the other types of diseases patients of those age ranges have. Plan to stay there for at least a year as that is generally the length of time it takes to become comfortable as a nurse.

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