I am doing a seminar for ane of my classes called "Adjustment to the Professional Nursing Role." If anyone has input on how a new grad can adjust to the professional role including burnout prevention, time management, what to do with your first paycheck, or any other advide you can think of please let me know.
Oct 30, '98
Follow your nursing career in the perspective in which you perceive it.
If it is because you care about people then find an area where you can make the patients feel good and find staff to work with that has simular feelings.
If it is just a job, be sure that the majority of the staff you will be working with have the same views on "do your job" and go home.
If you like to mingle with co-workers after work then find a unit that is close and does this after work 'snack and chat' stuff.
Nursing is a unique profession in that you can, after a little appropriate searching, find a group that has simular goals and attitudes about this job/career.
Make sure that you feel comfortable with the type of patients you are going to care for in the unit you are going to work in.
I have seen nurses that hated ER, OR and ICU but just love home care and some that are not challenged enough with med/surg go on to CVICU or Neuro and just love it.
I have also seen some nurses just about quit nursing after a short stint in a pediatric trauma center.
Go with your heart and if it doesnt work out, go with something else.
A few nurses I went to school with went back to construction and one is now a dancer. I work in ICU and critical care transport and another friend went into long term care and is now the administrator for a facility. This was my clinical group, we shared foley and NG insertions and saved an IV start for one another at times. I dragged two of them into a few cardiac arrests during clinical as I had experience as a paramedic and was on an adrenaline high at the time I think. They were about ready to kill me at the time, that high stress stuff wasn't their thing.
As far as burn-out goes, try to keep your life as stress free as possible and have a good friend to chat with on a regular basis.
Nov 2, '98
When I was in nursing school, my professors told us that the most important factor in a new nurse's transition into a job was the nurse's aides. They were right. Whether they are call aides, techs or whatever, it is the support people who can "make or break" a new nurse. It is difficult to take orders from a (usually) younger person who doesn't even know where the extra stash of alchol preps are, yet makes 3 times an aide's salary. Give them the respect they deserve and help them whenever you can.
It is important to choose the right unit in which to begin a career. A busy, short-staffed unit teaches time management, but at what cost? Find a unit that interests you and find a mentor to guide you. Know your limits and follow them.
Nurses are taught leadership and management, but a new nurse will find it difficult to be an agent of change in an established unit. Don't try to "fix" the problems too soon, even when you are right. Be a professional nurse by setting an example for others. Maintain your standards, do what you know to be right, and work diligently to improve your clinical expertise.
Nov 3, '98
Thanks for your insights. I really appreciate it. Anyone else have input?
Nov 3, '98
Thanks for the input Charity. I thank you for the comment about picking the right unit, many of my fellow students think that they will do basically the same job no matter which unit they work on. I know that's not true.
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