Originally posted by peaceful2100
Anyway, what kind of advice would you give for a new grad starting on a Medical-Surgical unit?
I've worked Med/Surg for 9 years now and my first thought for advice is to get a good and long orientation. My orientations were lousy and I didn't know any better at the time, but as I've seen new grads with their preceptors over the years, I'm convinced my early years in Med/Surg would've gone a little better with decent preceptors and better orientations. Please speak up if you aren't comfortable with or aren't learning enough from a preceptor. However, you can learn from a variety of preceptors, too-- Some will demonstrate for you what NOT to do as a nurse
And you will observe a variety of styles and organizational methods as you are oriented and work with different nurses. Try some out and see which work best for you.
Keep a notebook with you and jot down meds, diseases or procedures that you need to know more about and you can look them up in your nursing textbooks when you get home.
Ask questions and if you can find a mentor or someone helpful to new grads, latch on to them. You will quickly find out who you can ask questions of and who to stay away from. A mentor can help direct you with navigating the various personalities on a unit, too. (I'm available for questions or encouragement so feel free to pm me anytime!)
As I think of more suggestions, I'll add them-- Best of luck to you!