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New Ortho Nurse Tips

by trshad1 trshad1 (New) New


I recently just accepted a position on the orthopedic floor. This was not my first choice but was open to anything due to learning new areas.

What should I expect as being an ortho nurse? What meds are typically given? What are some things I should read on? Whats a day to day going to be like??

Thank you in advanced!!

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

pain relief techniques, pain medications, wound care (incisions), appropriately transferring the patient, movement, etc

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

Don't be a "pain med judger" I work with some nurses who don't believe pt's pain. It's real. I have chronic pain and multiple ortho injuries/sx. Part of the reason I am an ortho nurse.

Understanding PT/OT things is helpful, especially reinforcing what PT/OT has taught them.

Good body mechanics to save your own body is important!!

I love ortho!! I find it great because many people are not really "sick" they have an injury. Very few pass away, and their stays are no very long.


Specializes in Orthopedics.

Thanks for asking this question! I am a new grad RN and will be starting on an Otho unit 8/24 and am super curious also. My unit at the moment is converted to covid but I’ll be somewhat training in both ... but I think I’ll have more covid patients vs ortho right now 😬 . Wish me luck!