10 major things an old grad should know

  1. 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 people going nuts on this question.

    Thanks!!

    Hank
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  2. 44 Comments

  3. by   SICU Queen
    Shame on you. That poor nurse was just trying to get some pointers. BUT, here are a few kernels of knowledge from me. I'm too tired to list ten...

    1. Good shoes don't make a difference anymore.

    2. Varicose veins look good with support hose. Really.

    3. Administration will one day appreciate our worth by offering
    commensurate raises in pay. (uh-huh, sure.)

    4. It is possible to live with chronic low back pain.

    That's it for now. When I wake up and think of some more I'll be back.
  4. by   CindyCCRN
    1. Try and look at the whole doughnut, not just the hole..
    2. Consciously remind yourself why you became a nurse...
    3. Remember when you were physically the "unit star"...
    4. Help our young, don't eat them...
    5. Your years of experience and wisdom are irreplaceable..
    share your insights...
    6. Be as kind to yourself, as you are to your patients and peers...
    Kindness fills the heart with joy!
    7. Nuture your sense of humor... at times, that alone will maintain your survival...
    8. Stay current - read journals, join local nurse groups...
    9. There are many who are threatened by your knowledge -pity them!
    10. Write a book - no one will believe it...
  5. by   Brownms46
    Originally posted by SICU Queen
    Shame on you. That poor nurse was just trying to get some pointers. BUT, here are a few kernels of knowledge from me. I'm too tired to list ten...

    1. Good shoes don't make a difference anymore.

    2. Varicose veins look good with support hose. Really.

    3. Administration will one day appreciate our worth by offering
    commensurate raises in pay. (uh-huh, sure.)

    4. It is possible to live with chronic low back pain.

    That's it for now. When I wake up and think of some more I'll be back.
    I thought this was pretty funny..:chuckle
  6. by   fergus51
    Remember that you were once a new nurse! I don't believe any of the old nurses popped out of the womb knowing everything about nursing (so stop acting like it) and have pitty for the less experienced
  7. by   CindyJRN
    1. Everyone was new once. Share a little insight.
    2. Nancy New Nurse will fall on her butt at least once on her own, don't push.
    3. Never ever ever discuss salaries even hypothetically. Someone will get his feelings hurt.
    4. You DID go to school to give baths, push bedpans, and be on the poop patrol. Quit your *****in and glove up.
    5. Don't complain about administration, the pay, the workload, etc. We need to retain nurses, not scare them away.

    See, we can all just get along. But I still like the saying "Don't you hate it when you know all the answers but no one will ask you the questions"
  8. by   mattsmom81
    Good job SICU Queen, Cindy and Brownie...loved your posts! :>)

    I'll add the Serenity Prayer as my 'list' of things an old grad should know.... as I chanted this quietly to myself everyday of work ......

    "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"... only 3 but they're biggies!!

    Also one thing my dear mama taught me as a child..."Not everyone's gonna like you out there but don't let that stop you from doing the right thing."

    OK, I'll quit at four...LOL!
  9. 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...
  10. by   Q.
    How come this thread is posted twice, worded the same and everything only a different poster.....Weird..
  11. by   micro
    1) eating new nurses and each other is not good for the digestion.........there is not enough prilosec and nexium to go around.........
    2) we ain't in for the $$$$$, that is for sure.........i could flip a burger with the best of them.........well maybe not.........
    3) a nurse is a nurse is a nurse............
    4) whites, greys, cartoony, pink and purple pookadotted what does it matter........
    5) we can all be bbbbbb..............just try not to make it a habit.........

    and to end.............
    ALWAYS KNOW THAT YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.................


    LOVE, micro
  12. by   RoaminHankRN
    I posted this out of fun.. no disrespect to MelissaCT..

    But we need to give some advice to some of our vets who need a wake up call.
  13. by   Jayonoway
    Thank you all, I so needed a laugh today!!!!

    >aka: nancy new nurse! LOL!!!!!!!!!
  14. by   shay
    Okee dokee...here's my list....

    1. Hearing about some of the wild stuff they did 'back in the old days' is quite fun to hear, as long as it's not done as part of a 'back in MY day, we did it THUS and such way!' crotchety diatribe. Just as all of the 'old' ways of doing things in medicine are not always scary and archaic, the 'new' ways of doing things are not always silly and are worth learning sometimes.

    2. Any tips you have to show me how to make my job easier are good....please share them. Even if it's just where the best place is to order take-out.

    3. Don't scare the students....even if they grate your nerves.

    4. Don't scare the new orientees.....even if they grate your nerves.

    5. Show us pictures of yourself in nursing school or as a new grad...we really get a kick out of it and it brings it home that you were once a 'new' nurse too.

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