What type of patient should be assigned to a nurse with no prior orthopedic nursing experience?
A. A patient with a cast for a fractured femur and who has numbness and discoloration of the toes B. A patient with balanced skeletal traction and who needs assistance with morning care C. a patient who had an above-the-knee amputation yesterday and has a temperature of 101.4F D. a patient who had a total hip replacement 2 days ago and needs blood glucose monitoring
A patient who had a total hip replacement 2 days ago and needs blood glucose monitoring
a nurse from medical-surgical unit floated to the orthopedic unit should be given patients with stable condition and those whose care is similar to her training and experience. A client who is 2-day postop is more likely to be on stable condition. And the medical-surgical unit nurse is competent in monitoring blood glucose.