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kmblue39 has 9 years experience and specializes in Orthopedic/General Surgery.

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  1. kmblue39

    Things Patients Have Taught Me NOT To Do

    LOL, these are all just too funny! BTW, don't go running around in the baked potato patch at night You might trip and fall on a baked potato and have to have it surgically removed.
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    top ten reasons i found a new job

    Holy Cow! If I didn't know better I would swear you are one of my co-workers, lol. The reason I know you aren't is because we are now taking 7 patients most nights. We are also doing bariatrics now along with the tele monitors, etc. I think I have just about reached my breaking point. Sad because I really love what I do. Seven just isn't safe or sane on a orthopedic/general surgery floor.
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    New Ortho Nurse

    Congratulations on your new job! You've hit the nail on the head to realize that time management is your key to surviving a very busy orthopedic floor. Your savior will be your clipboard. Keep everything organized on it religiously. Meds on top sheet, an extra sheet behind the meds for taking little notes, vital signs behind that, patient print outs behind that. Take post-op report directly on the nurses notes of the patient care record. And as much as possible (always, lol) Chart directly onto the nurses notes so that you won't always be transcribing your notes from other places (I call it double charting). Always sign off on the MARS when meds are given so you won't always be trying to remember when you gave them and document the pain level at that time. The more you can keep the information contained to the least number of places the more time you will save in the long run. Don't worry, you will find your own system. I do Orthopedic/General Surgery on 12 hour night shifts and it is pretty wild most of the time, but I wouldn't change it for the world! But the key to success is definately organization. Good luck and hang in there! It really does get better.