What is your most valuable piece of advice? - page 3

I thought that this would be interesting. As we have new graduates beginning to orient in our respective units, do any of you have any fool-proof pieces of advice for them? If you could only give... Read More

  1. by   Cowgirl
    Treat your patients the same way you would you mother, just watch the really grumpy ones!
  2. by   LilgirlRN
    I don't care if the resident wants room air blood gases, if their sat is 83 % on 100% non-rebreather this patient will croak if you take the O2 off long enough to draw the ABG's.

    Keep a roll of one in transpore tape in your pocket.

    Keep saline and a couple of syringes in there too.

    watch the old folks after the sun goes down.
  3. by   Dr. Kate
    It's very easy to make your job look hard. The hard thing is to make your job look easy.

    As Lord Montbatten told Prince Charles, never pass up an opportunity to relieve yourself.
  4. by   oh-agnurse
    Never stop asking the dumbest questions. They are ususally the most important!! And double check those name bands!
  5. by   Brownms46
    mother/babyRN, I agree with your posts... And the second one...I found out the hard way..
  6. by   adrienurse
    Let this be your mantra:
    I believe that what I do is important
    What I say is heard,
    And what I accomplish is recognized.
    I do it because I care.
    Never fry bacon in the nude!!!

    Oh, er, um..... nursing related advice? I'll have to think about that one...

    :chuckle Heather
  8. by   Brownms46
    ......learned that one the hard way too... :roll
  9. by   jevans
    I agree with all that has gone before but the most important advice is-

  10. by   bellehill
    Know what you know, but more importantly, know what you don't know. Don't do something you aren't comfortable with.

    Never be afraid to call a doctor at 3AM no matter what he is going to say to you.
  11. by   Brownms46
    I agree with that one..100%!!
  12. by   neuroRN
    ~If you don't know it, don't be afraid to look it up
    ~Learn to accept constructive criticism
    ~LISTEN to your patients
  13. by   Aussienurse2
    Remember that patients are people, you might be here one day, what goes out comes back, a smile lowers your blood pressure and laughter lowers your stress levels and we can all do with a liitle less stress and a little more laughter. Good luck!