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 it is always available on the... Read More

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    Quote from florence nightinfail
    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.
    i agree florence nightinfail i am also only getting 12 shifts of traning one month. i would love to have 3 months of traning! ilovenana your scarying the cr*p out of me! i start my month training in july. nervous! hope you both are doing well! good luck!

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    I love this thread. I am also a new grad working in a med/surg and I am an IEN. I find it really difficult but you are all correct, everyday gets better. I like the phrase "there is no dumb questions". Now that I'll work without a buddy, I am not afraid to ask. Its better to ask than to make a serious mistake. Please keep advice, suggestions and comments coming as those are very helpful esp. emotionally.. thanks you made me feel competent, even if I don't before I stumble on this thread.
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    I don't want to scare you but I'm in my 4th week of training on a Surgical floor and I couldn't imagine being on my own after just a few days! In school one of our teachers told us that if a job was not going to offer you sufficient training time then NOT to take the job, you're only setting yourself up for failure! Again I'm not trying to scare you and I wish you all the luck in the world! Just thought I would share!
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    Thank you for making this thread! I am a new grad starting on a med-surg/telemetry floor in July. Even though I completed my med-surg clinical and my capstone both on this unit, I know working there as a new grad and eventual RN is a whole different ballgame, meaning I will have my own patients more than ever. Looking forward to reading all these posts before my first day!!
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    Hello New Grads...

    The only advises that I can give to you are,make sure you have a good preceptor and be in a good preceptor program for new grads. Ask questions,even if it's a simple one,because all questions are important. Be in the thick of it,even if it's a hard or challenge Patient,because all your experiences will replicate on different patients. keep you ears open,because other nurses will discuss their experiences with other nurses. Stay out of personal problems and politics....they cause arguments. BE PATIENT...you will get the handle of it within time. Stay on top of your nursing knowledge buy doing CEU's and your nurse educator. Remember,your Nurse Educator gets a pay check too,so use her to your advantage. Be at on time and don't call out because it's a beautiful day or " I don't feel like it" mood. You have your schedule days off to chill out and be with families or friends. Make sure you invest in nursing books and how to do charting and electronic charting and a legal aspects of nursing to keep you undated on legal matters. I have over 26 years in nursing under my belt and I'm still learning,because technology is constantly changing. The main factor in Patient care is LISTENING and getting the story straight. I hope this little advise will help.

    Good Luck,in you New Career as an Nurse.

    Cindy
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    Quote from Paco69
    Thank you for making this thread! I am a new grad starting on a med-surg/telemetry floor in July. Even though I completed my med-surg clinical and my capstone both on this unit, I know working there as a new grad and eventual RN is a whole different ballgame, meaning I will have my own patients more than ever. Looking forward to reading all these posts before my first day!!
    Congrats you will do fine you are going to enjoy it. I graduated LVN school 7 years ago then 3 months started med surg it was so amazing it was not that bad just remember that your pts are human and you are just helping them get better the pt load can be scary but use your priorities and your critical thinking. I am finally in Rn school you have way more of a foundation than when I started and that is good I functioned as a nurse and did the same as Rn only know do I see the difference but it is mainly paperwork. You go and be proud of being an Rn
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    VivaLasViejas,

    Thanks for the down-to-earth and amazing post that you shared it is helping me right now as I am job hunting!!
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    Hello everyone. I am so surprised to hear that I am not the only one scared to death!! I graduated in '08, passed the NCLEX in '10, had personal issues, and am just now going to start applying for my first LPN job. My CEUs have been completed, and my license has been renewed, but I am so scared!:uhoh21: I only have clinical experience from 2008 and 6mos CNA experience.

    I know that I just have to go out there and try, but I feel like I've lost all the information I've learned. I keep trying to remind myself that I did, indeed, graduate nursing school and I PASSED the NCLEX, but my worrying is eating me up!

    Any advice for interviews with my situation/circumstances? I read this entire thread and took notes. I thank all of you for the information and advice you've posted.

    I desperately want a nursing job, and I know I can do this. I just need to spread my wings and fly...
    Last edit by NurseKK715 on Aug 28, '12 : Reason: misspelled word
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    One more thing. I have my resume completed, but I am stuck on the cover letters. As a brand new baby nurse without experience under my license, what would be the best thing to say? That I am highly qualified, eager to learn, highly adaptable, etc? Any advice will be sincerely appreciated!!

    I'm applying for jobs right now, but I need to get these cover letters done! I have a membership with a resume service and they offer templates, but I need to know exactly what to say regarding my lack of experience, but also mention my strong drive and desire to care for people!

    Thx.
    KK
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    I am so relieved to hear from others exactly what I'm going through! I'm a new RN with 8 weeks into orientation and I can't help it but feel overwhelmed and incompetent. I would only be able to sleep for more than4-5 hours/day whenever I'm scheduled to work (due to anxiety) I always forget to do tasks, and when I perform interventions, it would take me 30+ mins to pass out meds...for 1 patient! I'm thankful to all the veteran nurses who posted on here. Thank you so much!! My fellow Newbies, we have to endure! Lol.
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