Advice for the new nurse entering Med-Surg - page 2

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 it is always available on the... Read More

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    I am a new medsurg nurse and I really appreciate this thread!

    Here is my advice (for whatever its worth )

    1. Learn to be assertive. "No, you cannot go out to smoke because I just gave you a demerol push five minutes ago and you are on telemetry, and it is not safe for you to go out to smoke."

    2. Prioritization and Organization are NECESSITIES.

    3. Help your coworkers out when you can, they will return the favor.

    4. Trust that little nagging feeling. (You ARE a nurse, they didn't give you your license on a fluke) I have had that feeling two times in a big way since I became a nurse. The first time I didn't follow through on it ("What do I know, I've only been a nurse since June...") and I have kicked myself ever since. The second time I acted on that little nagging feeling and I was VERY glad I did.

    5. Keep in touch with friends from nsg school, find another nurse, someone in your field that you can talk to. I went through nursing school with four fabulous girls and we still talk. We talk about being overwhelmed and how much they don't tell you in school and how we are coping with it, things we love/hate about nursing. I still say that people who are not in nursing don't understand totally. I can tell my best friend about the terrible things I have experienced so far all day long (short staffing, bad docs, violent pt's, etc) and she will listen but she will tell you herself that she doesn't really GET what I am talking about. Find someone who you can talk to that KNOWS, somone whose BEEN THERE. Personally, I think that helps tremendously.

    Stay strong, new nurses, we won't be new forever! (THANK GOD)
    2bAngilRN, arobins72, 252chicana, and 14 others like this.

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    Quote from nursbee04
    I am a new medsurg nurse and I really appreciate this thread!

    Here is my advice (for whatever its worth )

    1. Learn to be assertive. "No, you cannot go out to smoke because I just gave you a demerol push five minutes ago and you are on telemetry, and it is not safe for you to go out to smoke."

    2. Prioritization and Organization are NECESSITIES.

    3. Help your coworkers out when you can, they will return the favor.

    4. Trust that little nagging feeling. (You ARE a nurse, they didn't give you your license on a fluke) I have had that feeling two times in a big way since I became a nurse. The first time I didn't follow through on it ("What do I know, I've only been a nurse since June...") and I have kicked myself ever since. The second time I acted on that little nagging feeling and I was VERY glad I did.

    5. Keep in touch with friends from nsg school, find another nurse, someone in your field that you can talk to. I went through nursing school with four fabulous girls and we still talk. We talk about being overwhelmed and how much they don't tell you in school and how we are coping with it, things we love/hate about nursing. I still say that people who are not in nursing don't understand totally. I can tell my best friend about the terrible things I have experienced so far all day long (short staffing, bad docs, violent pt's, etc) and she will listen but she will tell you herself that she doesn't really GET what I am talking about. Find someone who you can talk to that KNOWS, somone whose BEEN THERE. Personally, I think that helps tremendously.

    Stay strong, new nurses, we won't be new forever! (THANK GOD)
    Know that the information you have provided here will go a long way for someone who is needing to read what you have had to say. This is a wonderful thread and its quality only gets better as people like you continue to post wonderful information that is VERY helpful for new med-surg nurses. Thank you!
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    This thread has had a great start and would love to see more contributions ... students and new nurses - here is your opportunity to ask some of the questions that might be on your mind.
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    Thanks for alll the great info !!
    I am starting on a Med /Surgical ward on Monday having been out of Nursing for 10 years !!!
    I used to be a fairly competent nurse before that but now my skills are a bit rusty to say the least !!!
    I am having nightmares about giving injections, starting IVs etc and am hoping that "everything will eventually come back to me !!!"
    Have been given a 6 week orientation so hopefully won't be dropped in it straight away !!
    I loved nursing before and hope that I will get to love it again !



    Quote from RNPATL
    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 it is always available on the top of the forum for our newer nurses to see right from the start. Looking forward to seeing some of the great advice that our experienced nurses can lend to the newer nurses .....
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    How is this position in a hospital? Do people get tired of it quick and what do they do on a normal day to day basis? I know you need a diploma or associates to work in this field. Thats all I Know about it.
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    I am in my last month of my final practicum. I always thought that I would start out on a med/surg ward to really learn everything I need to know. I have been offered a job in the ER as this is where my last rotation has been. I would like to ask veteran nurses if this is a good move or if I should turn this down and go work on a med/surg floor for a year or two first?
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    Heck no,, if you like ER, ,and they are willing to hire a new grad in go for it. I know quite a few people who went to the ER right out of school. ICU or PICU, OB and some others are a different story. They maybe should have some med/surg backround before.
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    I plan on going into Med-Surg. I have read that this is like pre-op and post-op care, as well as other issues. Is this right?

    I was born with a cleft-lip & palate, and have had 18 surgeries. So, any area around pre-op/post-op is very interesting to me.

    For now, I am just going for my ADN, but plan on continuing on for my BSN after employment. So, eventually, I may want to be an OR nurse, or Nurse Anesthetist.

    Thank you for starting this Med-Surg area. I hope it will help me, not only to keep focused while in school, but also to have somewhere to go for support after employment!
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    something else that I didn't see mentioned (which doesn't mean it wasn't listed, but workin 7p-7a in the dark is takin a toll on my eyes! hehe) but...

    Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself...to your co-workers, Docs, etc. Everyone knows that there's always at least one of those "I'm-the-all-knowing-super-nurse-and-I-will-question-EVERYTHING-you-do!" more than likely working on your unit. Be confident in your abilities and don't take their crap! You didn't go through 2+ years of Nursing school to be talked down too!

    And as for Doc's......I've come to the conclusion that they really do appreciate us. They're just too dang hard headed to let us know that!
    anewsns and Melinurse like this.
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    Quote from mjlrn97
    4) The best way to encourage some patients to get up and pee is to wave a catheter under their nose and tell them: "If you don't 'go' within the next hour, I'm going to have to put this in".


    This one I loved!!!!


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