Advice for the new nurse entering Med-Surg - page 22

Here is your chance to give some advice and counsel to new RN's and LPN's entering their first clinical job as a nurse. What advice would you give them? I am going to make this a sticky so that... Read More

  1. by   FatCatLove
    I have been a nurse for almost 2 years now but just made the big switch to the hospital setting working on a MedSurg floor. I love being a nurse but there are days that I feel like I am so small and don't know anything. I loved reading all the comments of advice from the nurses. It helps make me feel human and normal.

    The advice that I would give any new nurse starting on any hospital floor is to ask questions, ask questions, and ask questions!!! It is okay to not know the answers to something and you are not expected to know the answers but you should always ask questions even if you think it is a dumb question.

    Asking for advice from a more experienced nurse is important too! There have been many shifts that I just needed some advice to make sure I was making the right decision and they are more than willing to listen and help you out.

    Also, if you need help ask for help. Asking for help does not make you a bad nurse. There have been many time that I needed help because my day has been crazy, the most important thing is patient safety. Also if you ask for help there will come a time that you will be able to return the favor. This show that you are a team player and your shifts will get better and better.

    Lastly, your nursing assistants are so important and valuable. They need to be shown respect and trust. Having a nursing assistant that is helpful will make all the difference in your shift. They are your eyes and ears when you aren't there and some times they find things that you may have missed. When you show respect to the nursing assistant they will in turn show respect back to you!
  2. by   amanda.shay.morrison
    I just want to thank everyone for the awesome advice. I have been working in psych/addictions over a year now and got a little bored so wanted to get into med surg. I'm on a stoke/tele/GM floor. I'm still on orientation but will be on my own soon and am TERRIFIED! Thanks everyone for all the good advice.