Your GPA must be 4.o if you are smart enough to realize nurses can be your best friends.
Just remember not everyone who wears scrubs
is a nurse for one thing. But even so, you should talk nicely to everyone. You never know when you will need someone's help, so don't burn any bridge's.
#1 If you don't know....look it up first if it's not a crisis, then ask. We are not your personal PDR's. There are so many drug's out there, that believe it or not, not all nurses know the correct dose of every single drug, when you don't know it, don't ask us to look it up, at least not routinely. If you don't abuse us, we will volunteer to look it up when we can see you are very busy.
#2, Please tell a nurse privately if it is the first time you are doing a procedure. Do NOT read the package insert for inserting a balloon pump at the bedside over the pt, don't laugh, I've seen it done!! This way, you can develop a signal, and we can tactfully say, doctor, let me get you your sterile gloves, for example. Do not EVER attempt to defibrillate a pt without having received instructions. Beleive me, the nurses will respect you more if you ask before using equipmwent you are unfamiliar with.
#3 Always clean up behind yourself. I had a doctor who did this for me the first time after 15 years of nursing. He shared with me that he was responsible for a nurse sticking herself with a HIV-infected needle, and he has lived with enormous guilt ever since. Please dispose of all sharps in the proper receptacles, don't throw your show covers in the stairwells. If you take out chest tubes, please put the pleuravac in the appropriate biohard bag, instead of leaving the bloody tubing flapping in the breez or hanging off the side of the bed where my uniform
will brush up against it.
#4 Don't eat the nurses lunches out of the staff refridgerator, and if we order pizza, chip in a buck, we know med school is expensive, but a buck is some effort. It would be nice if you work in a place where they don't supply the coffee, you also chip in to the coffee fund, and if you take the last cup of coffee, please make another, or at the very least turn off the pot to keep it from burning!
#5 Treat every pt like they were your mother or father. Or a special loved one. Do not perform procedures without local anesthesia if it is needed. So many doc's are in a rush, and people are hurt for no reason.
#6 WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!! Dont' come out of a room where you just did a rectal, snap off your gloves, and use my pen!!! Wash after every pt, and procedure, it really doesn't take that long to do.
#7 Don't expect everyone to be nice. Some people are just nasty, have achip on their shoulder, and no amount of niceness will ever gain their cooperation. You will learn this quickly, and don't waste energy on them, or take it personally. Please don't judge every nurse by the actions of one.
#8 Don't talk about other nurses who you do not like/respect on other units, believe me, it will get back to the person. For that matter do not talk about pt's in the cafeteria, elevators, etc...same reason. Don't get involved with hospital gossip. If you hear it, make an excuse to remove yourself from the area. There are some docs who are worse gossips that many little old ladies I know (No offense to the LOL's).
#9 Put things, like charts, dopplers, etc...back where you found them.
These may sound more like common sense, but if I didn't see these things done all the time, it wouldn't need saying.
#10 May I suggest you make rounds on the units, depending on the size of the hospital of course, just after shifts change like 9pm (after 7 pm comes in, or 12 mid, after 11-7 comes in) so you can ask if there are any problems/concerns, so maybe you can address them before you try to take a little nap. It doesn't always work as planned, but it may save you a few phone calls.
Good luck to you!!