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  1. It's been 2 weeks since I've been back to the hospital setting, and of course, I'm still feeling like a stranger (and an imposing one at that) with all my questions for the other nurses I work with.

    They've all been great, very patient and very helpful, but this morning, they went above and beyond to make me feel a part of the team.

    Our shift supervisor invited the whole crew out to breakfast--her treat! Whatta cool lady!! And this was after a night of being charge with a full patient load!!! :angel2:

    So many times in other jobs, I truly felt like if I was invited (even to a potluck on the unit), it was in such a grudging way, or almost like an afterthought ("Oh, there's pizza in the conference room for everyone"--3 hours after it's delivered), I always politely declined (even if I was starving).

    So here's my question of the day:
    What are some things that you do while on the job to promote teamwork with newbies???
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I live by example. I welcome them, shake their hands. Show the "critical stuff" e.g. where the bathroom, breakroom/report room, dining hall, and coffee can all be found. THEN I show em where supplies are and how to check em out. I introduce em to the rest of the staff.....I do all I can to make them feel welcome and wanted. I treat em like a new friend come to join us.

    THEN we get down to the business of orientation...only after I have made it clear he/she is welcome and we are glad to have them on board. This sets a positive tone for a very good working relationship later on as we work together. That is all I do. By the way, welcome back to hospital nursing. We are glad to have you back on board!!!!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 3, '02
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    I'd introduce the newbies to the staff, and really make it a point to let them know that no question is ever too silly or stupid to ask. Also, I'd let them know what each staff member has a "speciality" in... like, Judy has a "magic touch" with placing NGT's, Rick is a great source on diabetic management, Bob, the respiratory therapist loves to teach - feel free to ask him any questions, Lydia is a stickler for having clean patient rooms - try to tidy up if she is following your patient, Fran has a great manner with combat veterans, etc.

    I'd also introduce the newbies to the doctors whenever the opportunity presented itself, and approach them in the same manner... Dr. BytchesConstantly is one of the best neurosurgeons around - his outcomes are outstanding (Dr. B starts blushing)...Dr. PainInTheBooty is our Infectious disease specialist - he dazzles us with his knowledge (Dr. P grins)...Dr. DropDeadGorgeous is our attending right now and the great thing about him is he is sooo wonderful to work with (Dr. D gives a big smile)...

    Introductions, smiles, and compliments (even if through gritted teeth) helps promote the team spirit, IMO.
  5. by   live4today
    Sleepyeyes, I am going to be returning to nursing myself soon, and will be a newbie on the block. It will be interesting to see how I will be treated. I always helped a newbie on the unit when I worked in past years as a nurse. I believe in being a team player, and helping others whether or not they help me. I do it for the patients, and not necessarily for the staff that comes across like "you help me, but I won't help you". I'm there to help patients whether they are assigned to me or not, so that is what I do the entire shift. When I'm at work, I work. When I'm off, I'm off!
  6. by   RNinICU
    When I have an orientee, I always spend the last few minutes of the day giving them a "pep talk." I ask them to think of one thing they did that day that made them feel good. No matter how small the accomplishment, I tell them to focus on that. I do not let them dwell on mistakes, allowing them only five minutes to beat them selves up over it, and then remind them that mistakes should be viewed as a learning experience. Critical care can be overwhelming, and there are enough people to make new nurses feel bad about themselves. I really enjoy being a preceptor, and try to make it a positive experience for the orientee as well.
  7. by   Sleepyeyes
    Wow, rninicu, that's awesome! 'specially for those of us who tend to dwell on mistakes.
  8. by   Y2KRN
    Sounds like a great group!!! I am very happy for you!!!!