Tuesday, November 25, 2008
What’s it like to be a….Registered Nurse?
My job title is: Registered Nurse
My actual position is: Acute Care Staff Nurse on a medical-surgical orthopedic floor
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
A typical day for me actually starts at around 7pm. When the new shift comes on, we receive ‘report’ from the previous shift. This lets us know more about the patients than we can find out by just looking at their charts. After report, we assess each patient and pass out any evening medications they might need. We also help them get ready for bed, which can mean helping them wash their back or face and brushing their teeth. With a little bit of luck most of them will be able to get some sleep, but the rest of the night consists of rounding on each patient at least every hour, re-assessing at midnight, and passing morning medications starting around 5am. Nurses are the “eyes and ears” of the doctor, so if we catch something going wrong with a patient or if we need to have a medication changed, we have to page the doctor in the middle of the night and inform them and then take and implement any new orders they may give. I usually leave around 7:30am.