What is your most valuable piece of advice? - page 4

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   uncRN
  2. by   joyflnoyz
    When you are feeling overwhelmed, stop, take a deep breath, blow it out slowwwwwly, then "do the next thing". It might be get a BP, give a med, clean someone's bottom, hold a hand. Whatever is the next thing that needs doing. One thing at a time. <and keep a pad of paper on the med cart!>
  3. by   joannep
    Originally posted by heartholder
    Take every day as a learning experience. Every day I make it a point to learn some thing new. After 12 years it still works. Somedays the only thing I have learned is, HOPE I NEVER HAVE TO DO THAT AGAIN.
    the point is to be flexible everyday.
    Absolutely, and be forgiving of your mistakes, because you learn from them, and will (hopefully) never repeat them.

  4. by   canoehead
    I agree to on the busy days do one thing at a time and don't feel bad that you didn't have time to fluff a pillow because you were dealing with chest pain- that is not your fault.

    But on a busy day, if you don't have time to think, I scrap the documentation, and do the best for my patients. That is what I can live with, and studies have shown that if a family member has a good relationship with you, and believes you are doing your best, that is what matters to them too.

    I have never been sued (in 13y) and never (that I know of) had a family make out a written complaint. I've had complaints, but they have been to me personally, and resolved at least partially, at the time. It works- really.
  5. by   EricaCCRN
    1. Never forget that thing lying in the bed connected to all monitors & machines is a PERSON and a LIFE

    2. Never trust a suit or a "lab coat" nurse
  6. by   shootemrn
    Make you sure you got comfortable shoes!
  7. by   NurseDennie
    Comfortable shoes, AND stay hydrated. When I first started, I'd skimp on the fluids because I didn't want to have to go at an inopportune time. But there was a LOT less pain and fatigue when I had a decent amount of water in me!


  8. by   skwirm
    Great replies all. I forwarded this forun thread to my entire nursing program.
  9. by   bandaidexpert
    All good advice....

    Lord, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by bandaidexpert
    All good advice....

    Lord, grant that I may not criticize my neighbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasins

    My most valuable piece of advice is: DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE! :chuckle :kiss
  11. by   LilgirlRN
    Don't forget to ask if your patient has any questions.
  12. by   WalMart_ADN
    (((((hugs to all))))))
    i don't know if you guys know how valuable your advice is to newbies like us.
    It is much appreciated!
  13. by   RNforLongTime
    My biggest piece of advice to newbies! CYA--Cover Your A$$ when charting. Document everything because if you don't then it will surely come back to haunt you.

    Always smile! Even if you don't feel like it, try it and it'll make you feel better. This is a proven fact! Smiling helps to release endorphins!