For the experienced nurses... - page 3
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... Read More
Mar 7, '13Nursing is a 24 hr thing; do what you can and then pass along the rest of it. You are NOT indispensable, so take care of yourself: don't feel guilt for calling out sick when you are sick and don't let them make you feel guilty for not working extra or overtime. Remember to take your breaks and to pee periodically because you can't take care if others if you don't take care of yourself. Good Luck!
Mar 8, '13Thanks Esme12 for those brain sheets! I had my system back home, but never too late to try something new, and there's a few of those I definitely want to try!
Mar 8, '13Two things to remember:
1. Don't nurse the machines - look at, listen to, and touch your patient.
2. Talk to your patient, talk to your patient, talk to your patient.
Mar 8, '13You just need to believe in yourself... cause sometimes confidence is the key for competence... When I first started in the hospital it was like beginning from a scratch... But the thing that gives me the skills that I have honed is the confidence that I have... When you start to doubt yourself then you'll definitely end up committing mistakes, and if you do that will totally affect you. Not just yourself but to your charge nurse too as it will yield a negative impression... 1st impression lasts...
Mar 9, '13Quote from mindyjo15There 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: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?
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.