Hello and please help

  1. Hello

    I am a new grad RN working in a small hospital. It is daunting and I don't think anything quite prepares you for the responsibility. I am not young, but I am determined. I am just having a few hassles as I can only work one day per week, due to ill and dependent family member. Will be looking forward to hearing from anyone who has been a new RN and any tips they can impart.
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    Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in aged -adolescent


  3. by   juliebean4u
    Dear Hassled.....
    We've all been there and done that TRIAL BY FIRE thing. Just remember you have 2 arms, 2 legs, and one brain. Take one step at a time. If you are honest with the patients about when you'll be back to check on them or perform a task, most of them will understand. I've also found two VERY helpful tricks, yet they are so simple....The first is taking FIVE MINUTES of your time to just talk to them. It may seem stupid or uncomfortable but you get really good at it and ENJOY it after some practice. Plus, you will be astounded how much of a difference it makes to and for your patients. It builds trust and peace of mind for them, and taking that five minutes will end up saving you time, headaches, and complaints.
    The other thing is also so simple, it's almost laughable Before you step out of a patient's room, ASK THEM "Is there anything else I can do for you before I step out of the room?" I know......it should be in "Nursing for Dummies" but it also saves you time and makes the patient feel more secure.

    And if you're interested in reading about real life nursing, I would highly recommend the books by Echo Heron "Intensive Care-The story of a Nurse" and Condition Critical-The story of a Nurse Continues" She also wrote"Tending Lives:Nurse on the Medical Front" which is many nurses telling their stories. HOPE THIS HELPS!!!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
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    a good friend told me recently, "all you can do is all you can do". it helps.

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  6. by   greatshakes
    Hi Juliebean

    Thanks for your reply it meant a lot.
    Well after having nothing but negative comments after every shift, I was asked how long it took me to complete my degree in nursing. I replied that the reason it took so long was my husbands diagnosis of MND and that I had made a medication error in one prac requiring me to do another full prac as I had been suspended. Apparently I was supposed to disclose that. I replied that I had indeed paid the penalty. The manager then suggested I needed to do a refresher course, I had only finished in June to which I replied that this was an insult. Okay so I know they want you fast , furious and ready to run when you become an RN but negative debriefing does nothing. I decided to resign and take up a post grad some time later down the track because as caring and as careful as I was nothing would throw me more than losing my licence through being ill equipped to handle an emergency as a new RN. I don't know if you have MIMs over there but because I actually took the MIMs into a patient's room with me, to ensure I knew what I was giving, it was another reason for castigation. I only needed to use it once. I walked out of there with my pride intact and head held high and the manager told me later I had a lot of potential...Well I might just take that into the grad program. I have made the only decision I could have under the circumstances. Right now I am giving my husband a lot of TLC and maybe with any luck, I will get a grad program and they will appreciate me.:smiley_ab