10 major things an old grad should know - page 2

If you all could name 10 things you think are ESSENTIAL for an older nurse (more than 15-20 years on the job) to know, what would they be? I know it's hard to pick just 10, but I didn't want... Read More

  1. by   mattsmom81
    OK, OK, maybe this ol' nurse seems like just another pain in the arse sometimes to (some) new grads.....even 'scaring' them (or boring them) with my stories.....I learned so much from stories of my mentors. Look for a moment how docs train their medical students and residents.....do young nurses REALLY have it so tough after all??

    Also ask yourself why this kind of thread doesn't occur on medical BB's? Just an interesting thought.

    We can joke about this stuff and it's fine to lighten up, but bottom line I don't want to see a new grad (nurse OR doc) harm a patient.

    We have a great responsibility and mustn't take it lightly.....There's always a few bad apples in any group; let's try to see the big picture here and resist this endless stroking of brand-new-nurse egos. (and this isn't a new grad slam..please hear what I'm saying, OK?) Thankyouverymuch!
  2. by   micro
    life is too serious to be so serious....................all the time.........

    yes, it is an awesome responsibility..............to teach our new nurses.............
    not our(at least not mine-----I don't accept it) to intimidate or scare them...............what like, they just get out of school and we are chasing them out the door.............

    I don't want to see anyone hurt a patient intentionally or unintentionally......old, new, grey, white, black, purple or pink.........

    yes, knowledge of some atrocious mistakes made give all and yes, students time to pause and remember the 6 R's.............
    yes, scare tactics are also used in medical school........but there is also support, mentorship and not quite so much indigestion with the cannibal diets that we nurses seem to have........

    just micro expressing her opinion,
    that is all,
    good day'
  3. by   Dplear
    Rule : All bleeding eventually does stop....either on its own or no more blood to legt to bleed out.....

    Rule 2: Nurses are ALWAYS right.

    Rule 3: if nurse is wrong see rule 2

    rule 4: see rule 2.....and on and on


    Dave
  4. by   live4today
    If you are the "seasoned nurse", remember that you were once the "new grad". Don't try to clean their ears out all in one day. Your ears were pretty wet once upon a time, too.

    If you are the "new grad", remember that one day...Lord willing...you'll be the "seasoned nurse", and that's when you'll get to eat every word and thought by which you judged those who were "the seasoned nurses" in your "new grad" days. :chuckle
  5. by   RoaminHankRN
    Someone here has some issues.
    Micro brings up a good point. MD's while they my bicker amongst each other, there is a level of respect for one another that you don't see with nursing.
    When at the bedside it should be all business and to be professional. But you need time and a place to let your hair down. Life is way too short to be serious 24/7.
    If your a new grad, you have a responsibility be humble at first and learn...
    If your a seasoned RN, you have a responsibility to be grateful for those that walked the path from which you once came and to take them under your wings... Remember one day you'll be on the call light!!
  6. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by fergus51
    That's great mattsmom! But the serenity prayer for nurses I heard was God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to be able to hide the bodies of the doctors that pushed me too far today somewhere where they won't be found...

    :roll :roll :roll

    Too funny..:roll
  7. by   mir4777
    I'm a sophomore and I was just wondering what you wish someone had told you in nursing school.
  8. by   live4today
    Since I started nursing school in my early thirties, and already had a lot of college behind me before I started the nursing program, there really wasn't anything that I wish someone would have told me that hadn't already been said. I found being older upon my return to school made a huge difference in how well I handled being a student, and how well I performed as a student.

    I have regrets for not pursuing med school as a few of my nursing instructors suggested I do, but my first spouse was a very nonsupportive spouse, so I sacrificed things I wish I had done for myself because of his disposition. Now, THAT'S my biggest regret!

    Listen to your own heart, do what you feel passionate about doing even if no one else is "feeling it" with you! Don't ever let someone else steal your thunder! Be all you can be, all you know you can be, and all you want to be! Just do it! :kiss
  9. by   canoehead
    Use your critical thinking skills all the time

    If you or a loved one is a patient pay attention, it will improve your practice when you get back to work

    Sometimes the little things mean so much they become the big things. Know when to put them at the top of your list and when to ignore them until they go away.

    Never work for a for profit hospital, their priorities will not be patient health or caring nurses.

    Suspend judgement of any very old or very new nurse so long as they are trying their best and keeping their patients at the top of their priorities. Help them out as much as you can.

    EVERYONE will have a meltdown at work at some point (including docs, secretaries, supervisors, EVERYONE) just get through it as a team, and know that your day will come. *do unto others....etc*
  10. by   micro
    all micro can say here is ditto, ditto, ditto,ditto.............

    renee, well said.
    roaminhank.thx
    canoehead...........very eloquent.........and i add to the team.....housekeepers.......those that without we would be without so much...............
    browns--------------and have you heard the other part of that one
    smiling takes only this many muscles, but it only takes 4 to .........hehehehehehehehehehe
    and all.
    lol
  11. by   eldernurse
    I wish someone had told me that caring for sick people is HARD. I wish someone had prepared me for death.

    I found it easy to care for people but I thought we were supposed to save them. As an oncology nurse my job was to help them accept the inevitable when the time came.

    There really isn't anything I would have understood as a student that I would see in quite the same way now.
  12. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by micro
    all micro can say here is ditto, ditto, ditto,ditto.............

    renee, well said.
    roaminhank.thx
    canoehead...........very eloquent.........and i add to the team.....housekeepers.......those that without we would be without so much...............
    browns--------------and have you heard the other part of that one
    smiling takes only this many muscles, but it only takes 4 to .........hehehehehehehehehehe
    and all.
    lol
    Micro...you lost me...you want to explain that one to me???
  13. by   mattsmom81
    I wish someone had told me in nursing school just how extremely physical nursing work is.....it's really geared more for men's upper body strength, IMO.

    I wish I would have heard more useful information on how to combat this physical mismatch..other than "You'll never get hurt if you use proper body mechanics" .

    Because that is simply a crock of you know what!

    The human factor simply does not allow proper body mechanics to keep a hospital bedside nurse safe over a 25 year career, IME.

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