dankimal 1,496 Views
Joined Oct 6, '10.
Posts: 19 (32% Liked)
Get with the program- customer service when done right is important.
I have just one year experience. But I remember when I graduated reading about nurses referring to themselves as "new grads" with 1 year experience and thinking that was silly. Now I know why. A lot of what I learn now is just how much I don't know. It's humbling, and I think it's a good thing to know your limitations. I don't let other's make decisions for me, but I do ask for a second opinion when I'm not 100% sure. I refuse to think it's not okay to ask questions. I work in a small facility and I have had nurses with 30+years experience ask me my opinion. Sometimes it's not about how much experience you have or how much you know. It's just nice to have a second set of eyes on the situation. Keep asking, and don't feel like you should know everything.
WOW! This shocks me (said with sarcasm)! How many studies proving this are going to be done before having mandated staffing rations? This problem has been identified over and over again, yet not much is done about it, except in California. Even then, the floors are now stripped of auxiliary staff now, leaving the RN's to be the unit secretary as well as the customer service rep too.
I didn't mind some of the things you mentioned at first, but got tired of a lot of it after 3 years, and was also tired of not being able to make decisions and only doing what I was told so I went back to school and became an NP. Now, I still get to help people and work with patients (the things that I love about nursing and healthcare) but I also get to order tests, diagnose, prescribe, etc. and I don't have to do all the stuff that I didn't like as much about the job. It took a couple years more of education and more money, but I also make much more money, I still get to work with my old coworkers which I love, and I still get to help people which is why I went into healthcare in the first place. So, have you ever thought about maybe going into advanced practice?
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