Pros: team environment, encourages individual/professional growth
Cons: company tends to hire from the outside. job security is not what it use to be.
My day begins with bedside report. The off going nurse and I walk into each patient room and discuss any events that happened during the previous shift. We also cover abnormal labs and pending procedures for that day. After report I look up everyone's health history and begin assessments. Pain control is so important. Someone who has their pain reasonably well controlled is much more likely to participate in physical therapy, ADL's, and that essential health education that many patients despise! After assessments, medication administration, charting, ADL's, and patient education, you go through your discharges and then start all over again! But it's actually a very rewarding feeling because you know that the worst for your patients is likely over and they get to get back to their life! Bedside nursing is very, "Go Go." But when you get to walk them outside, shake their hands, and thank them for choosing your hospital it really adds that extra bounce to your step!