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New grad nurse med surg

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by Caramellatte Caramellatte (New) New

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I recently graduated in May of this year (2 months ago)

Just had my first interview yesterday and got offered the job same day on a med surg floor.

I was hesitant about accepting because this floor you can get up to 7 patients. Which is CRAZY

However, I took the job and accepted the challenge. I start hospital orientation July 23-29. After that I will start working on the floor on orientation with a preceptor for 12 weeks

I'll be working 6 weeks day shift and 6 weeks night shift. Once off orientation I'll be working Nights 7p-7a.

Any Tips on starting on the floor as a new grad nurse??

What to expect??

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Sour Lemon has 9 years experience.

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I recently graduated in May of this year (2 months ago)

Just had my first interview yesterday and got offered the job same day on a med surg floor.

I was hesitant about accepting because this floor you can get up to 7 patients. Which is CRAZY

However, I took the job and accepted the challenge. I start hospital orientation July 23-29. After that I will start working on the floor on orientation with a preceptor for 12 weeks

I'll be working 6 weeks day shift and 6 weeks night shift. Once off orientation I'll be working Nights 7p-7a.

Any Tips on starting on the floor as a new grad nurse??

What to expect??

Expect to cut corners. My tip would be to learn which corners to cut. I started out with eight patients as a new grad and was assigned an LVN with eight patients to cover along with it. You'll be working in survival mode. Good luck!

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HelloWish has 3 years experience as a ADN, BSN and specializes in IMCU, Oncology.

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Charting your assessment at the bedside (if possible) helps to keep the day running efficiently.

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thank you! I'm nervous anxious excited all of it... I just want to do well

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do you recommend

1. assessing all your patients first then giving meds or

2. assessing and giving meds at the same time for each pt

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nznurse93 has 2 years experience as a BSN.

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Personally I assess all my pts then give meds. After that, when I know all my pt are ok, I take a few minutes to make a plan

Whose got meds due when, so I'm not constantly looking at drug charts or missing anything.

Who do I need assess again later in my shift.

Whose a diabetic on insulin I need give before meals.

And any extra things I need to do, like discharge stuff, or preparing someone for surgery, or making a referral for a physio or social worker or something like that.

After that I follow my plan and make sure the most important things get done. It only takes 5-10 min with 5-6 pt, but then I work so much more efficiently and don't need to worry about missing things.

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