But the basic care of the patients is the same. Only thing that differs is if and what bedside procedures are done.
Typical day starts at 0700. Shift change. With report. And you are done with report by 0730. Then I go look at all of the orders, lab results and med for the day in the computer and get myself organized for the day.
Next I go check on my patients introducing myself, quickly assessing the room and status of the patient, and carving out a plan for the day with them (if they are able to participate).
Next I go to the meds room, pull up meds. And do a full heat to toe assessment before administering meds. Chart and do the next patient the same way. By now it’s about 1000. And breakfast break is somewhere in between 0900 to 1100. You are given a breakfast break, how long depends on your Hospital. It can 15 mins. It can be 30.
And you join doctors on their rounds, other disciplines. And answer call lights and just more of the medication administration and charting. Usually medications are scheduled at 0900, 1200, and 1600. But sometimes you are giving some meds throughout the day at every 3-4 hours.
Some treatments call for you to assess the patient every hour.
Some meds are every hour. Like eye drops.
And sometimes you are I. The room titrating medication drops every 5-15 minutes.
It really depends on how critically ill your patient is and the treatments they have.
This is much of how the day continues.