It's been 2 weeks since I've been back to the hospital setting, and of course, I'm still feeling like a stranger (and an imposing one at that) with all my questions for the other nurses I work with.
They've all been great, very patient and very helpful, but this morning, they went above and beyond to make me feel a part of the team.
Our shift supervisor invited the whole crew
out to breakfast--her treat!
Whatta cool lady!! And this was after a night of being charge with a full patient load!!! :angel2:
So many times in other jobs, I truly felt like if I was invited (even to a potluck on the unit), it was in such a grudging way, or almost like an afterthought ("Oh, there's pizza in the conference room for everyone"--3 hours after it's delivered), I always politely declined (even if I was starving).
So here's my question of the day:
What are some things that you do while on the job to promote teamwork with newbies???
Jun 3, '02
I live by example. I welcome them, shake their hands. Show the "critical stuff" e.g. where the bathroom, breakroom/report room, dining hall, and coffee can all be found. THEN I show em where supplies are and how to check em out. I introduce em to the rest of the staff.....I do all I can to make them feel welcome and wanted. I treat em like a new friend come to join us.
THEN we get down to the business of orientation...only after I have made it clear he/she is welcome and we are glad to have them on board. This sets a positive tone for a very good working relationship later on as we work together. That is all I do. By the way, welcome back to hospital nursing. We are glad to have you back on board!!!!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 3, '02