Advice to the Younger Nurse Me - page 2

by SarahLeeRN

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“This is what reality shock feels like,” I thought to myself as I stared at the little confused old man sitting on the edge of his bed, covered in blood from the IV that he just pulled out. It was quarter to eleven at night and I... Read More


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    Great post! As a new nurse, I found all of your points on the list helpful! Thanks
    Last edit by RachelRN89 on May 14, '13 : Reason: error
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    Love it!
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    ::subscribe::
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    LOVE the original post - such a relatable story at the beginning too :-)

    I also have a few things to add--
    1) If you have time during your shift - even just a few minutes - offer to help other nurses and techs. Of course, you won't have time to do this every day, but it will build so much goodwill between you and your co workers and really help your "area" or the whole unit run more smoothly. It doesn't have to be huge stuff - just passing a colace or setting up another pt.'s breakfast tray can be a big help to someone.

    2) If you work in any sort of hospital setting where you have to draw your own blood and start your own IVs, WORK ON THAT SKILL!! Certainly ask for help if you need assistance, but you will be much less stressed if you become decent at it (which, unfortunately, comes only by actually doing it.)
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    This is awesome. Thank you! I have been an LPN for 1 1/2 years in LTC and corrections. I remember the overwhelming feeling I had as I started my 1st job as an LPN. I have that same feeling as I have just finished my ADN program and face NCLEX as well as a new job. I had a wonderful LPN instructor that shared with me an article similar to this post. It serves as encouragement and I am very thankful.
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    Cry PRN and get your ass back to work
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    Can you give us a laminated list with everyone's advice? We need it! :-)
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    Bravo!!!
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    Thank you! I'm a new nurse and will remember this advice.
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    Hi SarahLee, Well I have to say that is one of the most poignant pieces of writing I have read in a long time. Your list is not only for nurses, I think it applies to us all, especially 1-4. I was practically in tears reading it. I'm going to print it out and put it on the fridge for my children to see. Thank you for this, btw, you have a lovely gift for writing!
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