you will be an expert at blood transfusions, managing pain, and use of all things ortho including: traction, immobilizers, braces, slings, casts, trapezes, polar care, hemovacs, stryker drains, jp drains, pca pumps, nerve blocks, cpm machines, walkers, gait belts, lifts, and anything else needed pre and post op.
also, i make it standard practice to bed alarm all joint patients, alert and oriented or not. too many times people think they can get up by themselves when they should only be up with pt or nursing.
i think the biggest challenge is managing pain. whenever i float to another unit, it is kind of a nice break from pain pain pain.
you will learn a ton on that unit and will be a neuro check pro!