Difference between a graduate nurse & a experienced nurse - page 4

the don where i work send this to me via e-mail, wanted to share... differences... a graduate nurse throws up when the patient does. an experienced nurse calls housekeeping when a patient throws up a graduate... Read More

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    my husband was discharged following several weeks of inpatient wound care rehab. he was sent home with several rolls of gauze, a package of 4's, and his other meds. he had been told by the sweet young thing who
    dx him that "the rest" of his supplies would arrive no later than tuesday noon. (this was saturday.)

    want to bet??!!

    thursday evening, a box of supplies were delivered -- no 4's but 100 rolls of gauze!

    we had already stocked up on supplies at our local drugstore on sunday. just in case... and my husband had
    the nerve to laugh at me!

    when i was a psych nurse, i was always covered with ink because i made myself into a human notepad.

    i used to love to watch new nurses try to reorient one particular patient. he was woodrow wilson preparing
    to attend the peace talks after wwi ended and that was that. no amount of sweet reason could change his
    mind.

    good thread!
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    It's the truth. Reading this makes me not want to work as a GN. I just graduated and I do not want the snarls of the experienced nurses lol. I'm quite afraid to start a job ... and be the newbie ... and young. I'll guess I'll have to learn to wear a shield.

    :bowingpur
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    Oh, don't worry. You're your own worst critic. I had wonderfully supportive experienced co-workers when I was new, and you might find that your experience is the same. Most of us remember what it was like to be new.
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    i would like to thank to all who was involved in this tread, and remind everyone that it was meant as a joke for this reason alone it was placed in the nursing humor/ share jokes section. in addition, to remind all of the new grads. that one day in the near future you too will be experienced nurses if you continue your career in nursing, you shall be able to look back and say " i remember when" and laugh about it. needless to say, even the most seasoned nurses feel apprehensive in areas where they haven't been exposed to however, we learned to make the best of it, and at least test the waters and move on. lastly, oscar wilde once said and i quote " experience is the result of mistakes"
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    I think most of us can filter out the hyperbole--not charting enough, ignoring obvious emergencies, restraining patients improperly, bringing "cough syrup" to work, etc,--and see that this is more about a change in mindset than in actual practices. Ideally, hypervigilance and mild hysteria grow into confident capability. And people find ways to cover all the bases without driving themselves (and everyone around them) insane with focusing on details to the exclusion of the big picture.

    It feels good to walk into work knowing you have a handle on the basics and even most of the exceptions. For a few nurses that might breed a haphazard approach, but for most of us, I think it just means we've ditched the panic and opted instead for the balance and common sense that a bit of experience brings.

    I would only go back to my early days in nursing if I could take all I've learned in the past couple of decades with me.
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    As a new nurse, I don't like this....


    I freakin' LOVE IT!!!

    Wow, I needed that laugh, thanks Gitano!
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    Pre-nursing student, here (shooting for Fall 2013 program start), and I found it hilarious, too! I was picturing each situation in my mind as I read it, making it even funnier. Thanks for posting, Gitano!
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    Love it!!

    I sometimes have to scrub my arms at the end of the shift once everything I've written has been charted--horrifies the new grads/students every time

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