I have been a nurse for 32 years. I work on an IV team at a hospital and also PD for a home infusion company. I was 20 yrs old when I graduated.
This is what was at kept me in nursing:
I am a problem solver..and do not give up easily.I never looked for others to solve any problems that I can fix or solve myself.
I learned early that I needed to work as part of a team. In order to survive and get the work done I offered to help others and in turn I always got help..even when I did not even need it!
I always shared what I knew and did it in such a manner that it was fun and never confrontational or to put anyone one down. This has been a cornerstone of how I practice .
I continue to educate myself and kept learning. When I found something I did not know..I looked it up at some point. This has made me a very well rounded clinician. I may be starting an IV in ED and overhearing a conversation between 2 nurses. Not only do I understand what they are talking about I can often answer questions. I have to giggle silently when they are suprised I can help or answer a question. They think I only know about IV stuff.
I have learned to have a lot of tools in my toolbox and not just a hammer.What I mean by that is to knowing what tool to use in a given situation, For example,when approaching management with an idea do not bring out the hammer.
I try to have a say in my schedule if possible and do what works for me. Along with this NEVER feel guilty about the need for breaks and do not think you are such a great nurse because you do not take one
Deal with interpersonal conflicts right away so they do not escalate.
learn how to deal with conflict and how to deal with an angry/upset patient and angry or upset family members
learn how to cope with change well even if you do not always like it at first. If the change turns out not to be not a good one it will usually get changed back or fixed.
be kind to your coworkers......ask if they need or got a break.......ask if they need help.......how the day is going....THANK them every day for a job well done. I do this to this day. " Thank you for all your hard work". "WOW that was a beautiful stick".... "That is a great idea let's try it "
Remember to take care of your needs as well
never forget..your contribution always matters....every day you make it better and easier for another human being, it may seem little to you but it really not
I consider it a privilege to be able to to care for others