I just accepted a position as an RN in a clinic for low-income families. I'm very excited! I've worked in a school setting, and a correctional setting, but never in an office.
On the med-surg forum they have a "sticky" with tons of advice from more experienced nurses on how to succeed in that area. (i.e. don't panic, don't stand for screaming doctors, delegate effectively. etc.) Wondering if we could do something similar here? What are strategies that you've found to make everything run more smoothly for you and make your job more rewarding? Any tips are welcome...
I wish you success in your new challenge. I do recommend an author, Ruby Payne, Ph.D., who has written many books on the Framework for Understanding Poverty
. You can order her books on line at her web site. I have heard her lecture and appreciate her insights and wisdom. Middle class and Upper class have many unspoken rules which are barriers to working with those who are 1st or 2nd generation poverty. I really recommend her book. School teachers and court systems use her as an authority. This helped me understand why there are so many "no shows", or arriving late for the appointment, etc. Again, success in your new role.
No one cares how smart you are until they know how much you care!
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jan 15, '11
: Reason: added book link