New grad nurse med surg

  1. I recently graduated in May of this year (2 months ago)

    Just had my first interview yesterday and got offered the job same day on a med surg floor.
    I was hesitant about accepting because this floor you can get up to 7 patients. Which is CRAZY

    However, I took the job and accepted the challenge. I start hospital orientation July 23-29. After that I will start working on the floor on orientation with a preceptor for 12 weeks

    I'll be working 6 weeks day shift and 6 weeks night shift. Once off orientation I'll be working Nights 7p-7a.

    Any Tips on starting on the floor as a new grad nurse??
    What to expect??
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    Joined: Jul '18; Posts: 3

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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Caramellatte
    I recently graduated in May of this year (2 months ago)

    Just had my first interview yesterday and got offered the job same day on a med surg floor.
    I was hesitant about accepting because this floor you can get up to 7 patients. Which is CRAZY

    However, I took the job and accepted the challenge. I start hospital orientation July 23-29. After that I will start working on the floor on orientation with a preceptor for 12 weeks

    I'll be working 6 weeks day shift and 6 weeks night shift. Once off orientation I'll be working Nights 7p-7a.

    Any Tips on starting on the floor as a new grad nurse??
    What to expect??
    Expect to cut corners. My tip would be to learn which corners to cut. I started out with eight patients as a new grad and was assigned an LVN with eight patients to cover along with it. You'll be working in survival mode. Good luck!
  4. by   HelloWish
    Charting your assessment at the bedside (if possible) helps to keep the day running efficiently.
  5. by   Caramellatte
    thank you! I'm nervous anxious excited all of it... I just want to do well
  6. by   Caramellatte
    do you recommend
    1. assessing all your patients first then giving meds or
    2. assessing and giving meds at the same time for each pt
  7. by   Newgradnurse17
    Personally I assess all my pts then give meds. After that, when I know all my pt are ok, I take a few minutes to make a plan

    Whose got meds due when, so I'm not constantly looking at drug charts or missing anything.

    Who do I need assess again later in my shift.

    Whose a diabetic on insulin I need give before meals.

    And any extra things I need to do, like discharge stuff, or preparing someone for surgery, or making a referral for a physio or social worker or something like that.

    After that I follow my plan and make sure the most important things get done. It only takes 5-10 min with 5-6 pt, but then I work so much more efficiently and don't need to worry about missing things.

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