We get a lot of patients that are there to r/o cardiac problems, but they get all different kinds of patients.
They told me that they don't generally get post ops or anything like that, but when the hospital was full to capacity I know we got a couple of post ops that had to stay for further testing. The people on the floor are great, it's fairly fast paced too. The average patient load is 5 per nurse, we aren't supposed to get more than six, but since the average patient stay on the floor is so short, those 5 patients you started with may all leave to home or whatever floor they need to go to and you get 5 admits or something like that. So far I've gotten to fiddle with J-tubes, drains, and colostomies, but I haven't been on the floor all that long either. They will tell you that if you want a floor where you get to practice all of the skills you learned in school, this might not be the best floor for you, but they also have you float to other floors when there's low census. All of the beds are tele monitored and the majority of patients are on telemetry while they're on our floor.