I am just starting after being out of school for 3 months looking for a job. I noticed in school that it's tough or impossible to know too much about your patients history before you start your shift. Most of my preceptor ship involved me only knowing one sentence as to why they're here and the shift begins!!!!!!!
I mean sure I would know their bp, meds, last bowel movement, achs, lines, rr, labs etc, but do most nurses start off the shift the same? I find that I go through most of my shift only knowing that the patient had a heart attack and you do your assessment from there. How far into the doctor notes do you really have time to read into to know your patient if you have 5-6 patients? lol?