10 major things a new grad should know - page 2

If you all could name 10 things you think are ESSENTIAL for a new nurse to know, what would they be? I know it's hard to pick just 10, but I didn't want people going nuts on this question. ... Read More

  1. by   live4today
    Originally posted by mattcastens
    1. Being a patient advocate is harder than you might think. Remember to stand your ground and be assertive -- but also remember to allow yourself to learn.

    2. Many times, families are harder to deal with than the patient.

    3. Nobody wants to be in the hospital -- including those that work there.

    4. Label all your IV tubing. When the poo hits the fan, you'll thank me.

    5. Don't skimp on the backrubs. It's a wonder health benefit for the patients, it gives you great assessment opportunities, and the patients will love you for it.

    6. Appreciate the nursing assistants.

    7. Ask for help.

    8. Remember the five rights and the location of the drug book.

    9. Have all the information available and within reach when you call.

    10. Nursing is a lifelong learning experience. If you know it all, you're a terrible nurse.

    Hello Melissa,

    Congrats to you on entering the nursing profession. Matt's advice is 'right-on'! Look, listen, feel, learn, ask questions, remain open to positive criticism, and remember that there is always more than one way to do something.
  2. by   RNKitty
    1. Remember: this may be your 3rd delivery of the day and you won't remember it tomorrow, but this woman will remember it for the rest of her life.

    2. Be kind.

    3. Attend a doula class, or better yet, work as a doula for as many natural births as you can.

    4. Mouth shut, ears open.

    5. Practice neonatal resuscitation, stat c/s procedures until you can do it without thinking. It alleviates the stress in a crash and allows you to think.

    6. Seek out a mentor - one with years of experience who can guide your practice for both low risk and high risk deliveries.

    7. Remember, not every birth is high risk. Only about 3% of women worldwide deliver in a high risk tertiary care hospital. It is not necessary to treat each patient as if she were high risk, just be very aware of the ones who ARE high risk.

    8. Bring food to share with the other nurses - often!

    9. Have your ducks in a row before you call the doctor - they want to know the whole picture. (Even if you say: "get your a$$ in here now!" they still want to know the whole picture.)

    10. Stick up for yourself.

    Good luck! Enjoy the work.
  3. by   mattcastens
    Originally posted by Furball
    9. Don't judge pts, you are not God, you are there to take care of them, give information and support.
    Excellent advice! Also some of the hardest to follow.