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- Apr 10, '12 by makes needs knownWhen I became a nurse, I was told by a superior that most of my days as a nurse were going to be disheartening, but every once in awhile you would go home feeling you made a difference. Be kind, be patient, and try to be the best you can be. To error is human. Tomorrow is a new day.
- Apr 10, '12 by MJB2010Even good nurses can make mistakes sometimes. All nurses make mistakes, and anyone who claims to have never made one is a liar. I think for the most part, most nurses are good nurses. Of course there are a few bad apples, but well, they never seem to self identify do they? I think that is true with all proffessions. And we are all good at different things, some people are excellent at charting but not very good at working with the patients, to the hospital they probably look like a better nurse then one who is less adept at charting but wonderful and great with the patients. It is all relative. Everyone is good at something, and no one is perfect at everything.
- Apr 10, '12 by Ruby VeeQuote from an_apple_a_daylvnwhy does that "scare" you? have you seen this? maybe their asking questions, just not you. when i was a new grad, i only asked strong nurses for answers, and ones that were approachable. something to ponder.Quote from cloudysueoverconfident know-it-alls are often wrong and never in doubt.
self-doubt is good, it means you care about being sure you are correct.Quote from whichone'spinknow this is really scary. if you're more concerned about being "eaten" than potentially doing harm to your patients, i sincerely hope you're not in my icu!of course, be careful when asking questions. even that can be used against you by certain individuals, even if they are certified preceptors. it almost seems prudent to err on the side of arrogant know-it-all, or the wolves will eat you.
- Apr 10, '12 by whichone'spinkI hope your ICU also does not devour new nurses (new grad or new to ICU) for asking questions, however dumb they may seem. Sorry, but I am still reeling from being treated like dirt. It's still acute.
- Apr 10, '12 by OCNRN63Quote from nursel56When I started in oncology, almost everyone I worked with was younger than me...by a lot. I had no compunctions about asking them questions. I'll ask whoever has more experience than me when I have a question, even if that person is half my age. I will say that I do have a problem dealing with arrogant younger nurses who may have more experience than me in a particular setting. They may have worked in that area longer than I have, but I have more years of nursing exp. than me. I'm not stupid.New nurses who believe they know all there is to know because they earned straight As and passed the NCLEX in 75 questions scare people because nobody who is brand new knows all there is to know. The absence of questions suggests they are winging it for the sake of appearance.
I should add that there is a flip side to it, where someone who's been a crusty old bat for a long time might not ask questions of a younger colleague when confronted with an unfamiliar situation, for the sake of appearance. Best to strive to get egos out of the way altogether.
There's a pretty wide middle ground between being a simpering, insecure mouse and a brazen know-it-all (hopefully)
- Apr 11, '12 by ClearBlueOctoberSky[QUOTE=wooh;6346356
Ask if you don't know. But think for a bit before you decide that you don't know. A lot of the time, you can actually work through it on your own. And the more you do that, the more you'll be able to do it in the future when things come up that there's nobody to ask. I have shifts where I'm the resource for the floor. And goodness knows, I don't know the answer to everything. That's the skill that nurses take with them to EVERYTHING they do. An ability to think through and figure out what they need to do, and even if they don't know exactly how to do it, they can figure it out.
It's not asking questions that will get you eaten. It's not even trying to answer them on your own before asking.[/QUOTE]
AH! Lately, as a new nurse, I feel like I have been playing twenty questions with my supervising RN.