I don't know why people seem to think ortho is an area that could keep a nurse from branching into other areas. There have been a couple of posts like this recently.
While ortho can be somewhat predictable, there will still be any other number of problems arise. I have had pts with typical postop complications like infection, pneumonia, PE/DVT, bowel obstruction & have had other pts have an MI, stroke, severe hypoglycemic episodes, aspiration, & DTs. Anything can happen.
I went from ortho to PACU. Others I worked with went to OB, ER, outpt clinics, hospice, home care, IR, ICU, OR....pretty much anywhere.