1. Recalling your initial work experience after graduating from nursing school
, what was it like to be a new nurse?
It was scary! I was excited and nervous and
eager to learn all I could, but above all else
I was scared.
2. What stressors do you recall from your initial practice experience?
Patient identification-difficulty some of the
arm bands were smeared and it was difficult to
find someone who knew the patients to help me.
I also encountered nurses who were unwilling to
help me-but I did find one who trained me and
was wonderful-she and I ended up remaining friends
and still are for 12+ years.
3. What coping strategies did you develop in response to those stressors?
Problem solving techniques: ask lots of questions
Discuss problems with nurse manager-if she/he is
unwilling to help I strongly suggest looking for
other employment- patience with yourself-you
are just learning too. If you are unsure about
something especially if you are trying to give
a patient meds and you can't determine if that
is in fact the correct patient don't give the
medication without making positive identification!
4. What advice would you give a new nurse?
Ask questions, Ask questions, Ask more questions.
Ask about the orientation time period and if you
don't feel comfortable with your job at the end
of the shift request a little more time-some employers will some won't.
Learn who your patients are: at a minimum how they take their medications, how they interact with nursing staff and most of all take time to learn from your patients-they are the reason you are there.