Quote from mindyjo15
My question is for the experienced nurses out there! I am wondering if any of you can think back over the years and come up with just ONE thing that you know now that you wish you would have known when you first started out as a nurse. I will be finished with school in May and then I will take boards shortly after. This field is becomming more and more competative and I would love to somehow "stand out" among the other nurses, without feeling like show off. Any advice?
There is no "one thing" that experienced nurses wish we could've known when we 1st started out. There are a million things! If you want to "stand out" as a new nurse, here are my suggestions:
1) ASK QUESTIONS
2) when in doubt, DON'T until you ask
3) know what you don't know (see #1)
4) be a part of your team, help out
5) don't engage in work gossip
Now that I look on my list, I see I'm addressing non-patient care issues. As far as direct patient care issues go, refer to #2. 8^)
You may or may not stand out no matter what you do. Take care of your patients to the best of your abilities/experience. You'll learn as you go just like the rest of us.