Nursing School Won't Teach You These Things (Part 1) - page 2

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Student nurses have the awesome opportunity to learn about the art and science of nursing during the time they spend enrolled in school. Nursing students are bombarded with different theories, introduced to procedural skills,... Read More


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    I've known several new nurses who get fired before their probation is over because of one or more of the problems listed by the OP. Some of them are awesome nurses with great skills who just cannot get along with others. Some of them are mediocre nurses who have the potential to become good nurses but won't get the opportunity because they cannot take criticism well, their co-workers don't like them because they're so afraid of being "stabbed in the back" that they won't chat or take lunch with anyone or because they're quite vocal about their unhappiness with some facet of the workplace. Some of them are just people with very poor people skills.

    Whether it's fair or not, the well-liked new nurse can get away with more (and bigger) errors than the nurse with poor people skills. It's worth while to try to develop some BEFORE you start your first job!
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    I feel worried because I am DEFINITELY QUIET! I like to hear what people have to say, and I ask questions pertaining to my job, but I can be difficult to get to know on a personal level. I think that I am friendly and I get along with most people but I have a very "reserved" type personality and it has always taken me a long time to get close with my co-workers. I tend to focus on work when I am working and usually I need my lunches to myself to "recharge" (I am an introvert).
    I am a pre-nursing student. I hope that I can make it despite this obstacle.
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    Very useful information, though #3 came as shock for me.

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    Quote from Bonnieparker22
    I feel worried because I am DEFINITELY QUIET! I like to hear what people have to say, and I ask questions pertaining to my job, but I can be difficult to get to know on a personal level. I think that I am friendly and I get along with most people but I have a very "reserved" type personality and it has always taken me a long time to get close with my co-workers. I tend to focus on work when I am working and usually I need my lunches to myself to "recharge" (I am an introvert).
    I am a pre-nursing student. I hope that I can make it despite this obstacle.
    I'm an introvert as well, but many times you'll have to play "Let's Make a Deal" with your introversion. Spend your day working, interacting, etc. Then, when you go home, take a nice long bubble bath or a hot shower, and spend some time with yourself. Unfortunately, we so much encourage everyone to be an extrovert that society forgets that not everyone is. Play along a little, and then take those days off and time at home to "recharge". Repeat in your head, "It's OK, I'll have time to myself later, it's OK, I'll have time to myself later."

    You'll make it. Just remember that not everyone's an introvert either.
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    5. Sometimes the worst nurses fly under the radar undetected.

    This phenomenon is slightly related to number one (politics). In some practice settings a nurse can do sloppy, absent-minded work and get away with it if he/she has friends in high places in the organization.
    ^Scariest of all.
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Nov 30, '13 : Reason: quotation tags
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    I have run into every type of nurse. Yes, the incompetent ones may fly under the radar of the current manager, but remember - managers tend to not last as long as nurses on the the same unit. The brown noser of today will and does become the 'formerly employed' of tomorrow!
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    I do tend to fall under those certain characteristics mentioned above, which was probably why it never worked out with my first job. Now I know.
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    This is so really true, the experience out in the clinical field compared to those you are told of and learnt at school through books can be so different. How do you survive as a person, under these?
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    Quote from Marsha238612
    Very useful information, though #3 came as shock for me.
    Same can be said for me, wow.
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    Number 4 may be the clash of "real" vs. "ideal" (sort of the whole jist of this). I get the sense that people who insist on going the extra mile (or even an extra couple of steps) to do things well as opposed to just efficiently probably do rub a lot of people the wrong way. It's not that the person is picking apart the way other nurses do things, but doing them well does (in others' view) show them up. I've noticed this in other work settings (education) where people would push for the status quo, stating that going further was impossible, just not enough time or whatever. For them someone going beyond a minimum standard was shining the light on what they couldn't (rather refused) to do.


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