New grad starting first job tomorrow

  1. Tomorrow I will start my first job as a registered nurse. I chose to work in a nursing home. I worked at the facility previously (10 years ago) as a nurse aide. No one will probably remember me. Most of the nurses have worked at the facility for 10 or more years. I graduated with my BSN and I will be the new "kid". I am concerned about how I will be treated at my new job. I just want my co -workers to accept me and include me as a member of their team. I am not a person who believes I know everything. I am ready to learn. Does anyone have any advice on how I can achieve a good repoire' with my new co-workers?
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  3. by   dazedandconfused
    Keep that attitude. I started in a nursing home when I graduated, I am none the worse for it. I learned some serious interpersonal and organization skills from that job. still speak with one nurse that still works there. That was 9 years ago. The nursing aides kept me in shape too. I still remember the things they taught me to this day.

    Going into a new job with an open mind is the best thing. You can get so many experiences from your patients and everyone that you work with that will stay with you.

    Good luck.
  4. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by any
    Tomorrow I will start my first job as a registered nurse. I chose to work in a nursing home. I worked at the facility previously (10 years ago) as a nurse aide. No one will probably remember me. Most of the nurses have worked at the facility for 10 or more years. I graduated with my BSN and I will be the new "kid". I am concerned about how I will be treated at my new job. I just want my co -workers to accept me and include me as a member of their team. I am not a person who believes I know everything. I am ready to learn. Does anyone have any advice on how I can achieve a good repoire' with my new co-workers?
    Good luck with your new job!
    If you don't mind me asking, what influenced your decision to work in a nursing home? I've thought about taking a similar route and I'd like to get your perspective.

    Todd
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Don't let the CNAs take advantage of you. Many will try to test a new nurse or even a seasoned nurse who is new at the facility to see just how far they can push and how much they can get away with. However, seeing as your place has had many of its nurses for a long time, it is probably a good place to work, or turn-over would be high.
  6. by   EmeraldNYL
    Good luck!!! Let us know how it goes!!
  7. by   itsme
    Welcome to LTC!! How was your first day? It can be overwhelming, but with time it gets a little easier!
  8. by   any
    My first day went pretty good. The nurses welcomed me with a warm attitude. A couple of nurse aides tried to test me, but they will learn quickly that I won't tolerate it. I noticed two experienced nurses not following sterile technique while changing an abdominal dressing. They knew better, I'm sure. I have always been told that once you get out in the "real world," that things aren't like what you learned in school. Is the above situation what they are talking about? I did not want to act like a know it all on my firtst day, so I did not say anything to my new co-workers. What do you all think I should do if these kind of things happen again?

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