Hello everyone, I finally landed a job as a new graduate. I'm four months post NCLEX so glad that's over. I'm very prudent so I have taken the opportunity to buy a documentation book to help me with learning documentation. I also invested in a ECG made easily book to embed rhythm strips in my mental roladex. Furthermore I will be reviewing cardiac & other meds. I have 3 weeks before I go to orientation any other tips. I have a background working in a cardiology office for one year and 9 years as a PCA.
It's great that you're studying rhythms, meds, etc. But when we start a new grad in orientation, we're not expecting them to actually KNOW anything. We are looking for evidence that you're teachable, that you're reliable and that you're scared. Why do we want new grads to be scared? The new grad who is scared of harming her patient is the one who will check with me before she does something stupid. That's the new grad I trust. As for documentation -- you'll want to document the way the facility tells you to document, not the way the book does. It's great to understand why you need to chart this way or that way, but as for the way you chart -- make sure you're doing it by your facility's protocols. Try to relax now; you'll be busy studying once you start your job and they've told you want they want you to study. Go see movies, have dinner with friends, lie out on the beach and read trashy novels. You'll be studying all through your orientation and beyond.
Oh, and congratulations on your new job.
Thank You Ruby Vee. I will take your advice.