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?
Time management is a process that shapes and solidifies with practice and passage of time. Do not beat yourself into a mess if when starting out you are not accomplishing spot on timing and feel you're ran off your feet while the experienced nurses can somehow have time to chat.
Delegation (You don't have to do it all! You can delegate for a reason)
Chart during shift regulary when having spaces. (Don't let it pile up so you're stuck doing it after shift)
Think ahead for procedures and bring all equipment needed with you. Saves running back and forth for things you forget.
Time management sheets are a lifesaver.
Oh and a big one, if it's going off the rail, ASK for help. Your shift coordinator/Senior nurse is there 'to' assist junior staff when things go crap (ie. code, drips tissuing, a pile of new orders from the doctor ect.) More than anything it's when it falls apart and you didn't ask for help the coordinator is irritated.
Might seem silly advice but most postgrads including back when I was a grad, struggle with time management and can be very harsh on themselves. The stress is not worth it, just focus on the things you can change and sooner than you think you will be having those smooth shifts the experienced staff members are pulling off.
Lol that's something I wish someone had told me when starting out ^.~
Last edit by Gold_SJ on Mar 5, '13