Which client should be assigned to the medical-surgical nurse? A nurse from the medical-surgical unit is asked to work on the orthopedic unit. The medical-surgical nurse has no orthopedic nursing experience.
A. A client with a cast for a fractured femur and who has numbness and discoloration of the toes B. A client with balanced skeletal traction and who needs assistance with morning care C. a client who had an above-the-knee amputation yesterday and has a temperature of 101.4F D. a client who had a total hip replacement 2 days ago and needs blood glucose monitoring
A client 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 clients with stable condition, and those whose care are 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.