Advice for the new nurse entering Med-Surg - page 21

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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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    don't pretend you know it all. You will never know it all. Always think safety first, just like Maslow said.
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    My advice is when you get handover for a "difficult" patient make it your challenge to ask him/her what is the one thing that you can do for them to make them feel better. Quite often it is something minor to us, like keeping the curtain pulled around the bed, or a hot cup of tea in the middle of the night. To someone lying in bed feeling ill, it's the little things that mount up in their mind and become big things.....which reflects in handover as "difficult"
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    Thanks vivalasvegas. I really appreciate your advice.
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    Quote from ilovenana
    I feel the same way I'm going on my 3rd and last month.and I do not feel ready... not even with my routine. My preceptor doesn't really tell me I'm not ready, I'm the one who tells her I'm not ready. I don't think that 3 months of training on a Med-Surg floor for a new grad is enough. I feel stressed everyday. I feel like I try my hardest to do my best...but I still need my preceptor to help me out because I end up getting behinde. I have alot of trouble just carrying out the orders in a timely manner... and when I know I have an admission coming it throws me off. I really hope and pray I can get through this because I just feel like it is alot to learn in so little time.
    3 months? Are you serious? I just graduated this december and I started my first job as a casual float and only got 12 shifts - 8 shifts on one floor and 4 shifts on another as a new grad. THat was the maximum allowed. I even asked for more but they said no. 3 months on one floor seems like a pretty sweet deal to me. I haven't finished my orientation yet and I really don't know how I am going to survive.

    But I have no choice. Beggars can't be choosers in this job market.
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    Quote from sugarloaf98
    My advice is when you get handover for a "difficult" patient make it your challenge to ask him/her what is the one thing that you can do for them to make them feel better. Quite often it is something minor to us, like keeping the curtain pulled around the bed, or a hot cup of tea in the middle of the night. To someone lying in bed feeling ill, it's the little things that mount up in their mind and become big things.....which reflects in handover as "difficult"
    Wow.... GREAT advice!!!!
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    Quote from Indigo Summer
    3 months? Are you serious? I just graduated this december and I started my first job as a casual float and only got 12 shifts - 8 shifts on one floor and 4 shifts on another as a new grad. THat was the maximum allowed. I even asked for more but they said no. 3 months on one floor seems like a pretty sweet deal to me. I haven't finished my orientation yet and I really don't know how I am going to survive.

    But I have no choice. Beggars can't be choosers in this job market.
    Let me preface this by saying I'm a new grad as well and COMPLETELY understand how hard it is to get a job. But what you're talking about seems really scary. I'm not saying that you can't handle it (I have no clue as to your abilities). I can only speak for myself and I know that the license I busted my BUTT to get isn't worth losing due to inadequate training. IMHO, a few more months is well worth the wait to protect myself and others. No judgement here, I promise. Just my
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    I was looking for 4 months and this was the only place I got an interview for. I would have looooooooved a longer orientation but unfortunatley the hospital scrapped their new grad training a few years ago and a person fresh out of school with no experience gets the same number of training shifts as a nurse working for 30 years.

    Scary? Hell yes. It's sink or swim and I hope to get out before I burn out/jeopardize my license.
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    How do I know if this post can keep going? I am starting Nursing school in January 2012 and will have a ton of questions. I am thinking of going into med-surg.
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    Thank you all for contributing to this thread. I am an "almost" grad (Graduation is this Saturday) and I have accepted a position in Med-Surg.
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    Quote from Pixiesmom
    Thank you all for contributing to this thread. I am an "almost" grad (Graduation is this Saturday) and I have accepted a position in Med-Surg.

    Congratulations!!!! I wish I were in your shoes! I don't start school the program until January 2012.


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