Quote from JBMmom
And I'm not trying to be condescending in any way, but I don't think you should refer to yourself as a "baby nurse", you're going to be a professional and you're going to be just fine after you've got some experience, you're in no way a baby (that's just a term that gets under my skin).
I call myself a baby nurse because I'm a New Grad, and I've heard that word used a lot on my unit. And its accurate.. especially the other day out in the ambulance bay during a disaster drill when I was trying to navigate an empty gurney that was gaining speed and I couldn't seem to get it under control. My preceptor called out across the ambulance bay "what are you doing, girl?! Put it on steer!! You look silly!!!" Oops...
I still get really excited and wide eyed about everything, fumble around awkwardly a lot, and get weirdly proud when I'm able to find a commode for my patient all by myself while managing, for the first time ever, to not get lost or locked out of the supply closet. My preceptor still gives me pep talks in the morning (you CAN do this, today WILL be a good day) and I'm finally able to keep my cool and not get giggly or nervous while trying to overhead a message. When I went to go help on a trauma one preceptor said it was an emotional moment because it was like seeing his kid skip out onto the playground by themselves for the first time and it made him proud because he can see my growth. Sorry it gets under your skin but I love it and am happy to be called a baby nurse. It encourages me to be easy on myself, and allow myself to make mistakes and be awkward and learn
You're going to REALLY hate this but the other new grads and I are transitioning into the "tween" years. We're getting our own groove of how we do things, crave more independence, and look forward to "adulthood" and flying the nest hahaha.
Anyways, I know that wasn't the point of your post at all, but I wanted to share some different perspective on it!
OP.. Not really a "nurse hack" (depends on where you'll be) but be open minded and pay attention when people teach you. Be appreciative, say hello and good morning to everyone not just nursing staff, and tell people thank you. Use people's names as much as you can. People like to know that you care enough to learn their names. I would say even if you've never been introduced and know their name, use it anyway. They'll be more prone to notice/remember you. Always show your appreciation and help others whenever you have the chance. If I'm caught up and I see someone's patient needs a bed pan, needs a warm blanket or to be cleaned up, needs labs pulled and collected, or a trip to the bathroom I always offer as much as I can. Show others that you're willing to help with everything, not just the "cool" or fun things.