It doesn’t get easier after nursing school
“Stepping out of your student nurse shoes is much tougher than your teachers lead you to believe,” says Sean Dent on scrubsmag.com. Drawing from his own wide-ranging experience as a nurse, Dent offers some wisdom to help nurse “noobs” make the transition. Here is a sampling of the wisdom he shares:
- Don’t ever fake it. If you don’t know something, tell someone. It’s OK.
- If you’re not early, you’re late. Timeliness is next to godliness.
- Surround yourself with people who love your profession. Don’t let the naysayers ruin it for you.
- Never stop learning something new, ever. Seek it out. Pursue knowledge and career advancement. Contribute to the growth of our profession.
- Get used to being scared; it’s your best ally.
- Ask more questions than you answer.
- Avoid all gossip. If you want to gossip, go back to high school.
- Write everything down. You will forget 80 percent of what you hear.
- When you want to run: stop, walk and listen. If you hurry, you will make a mistake.
- Put your own mask on first. Take care of yourself before you take care of others.
- Learn how to say NO to overtime. Learning your job does not require living at your job.
- DO NOT rush orientation. Make your mistakes with your preceptor.
- It’s OK — in fact, it’s expected — that you make mistakes. Don’t dwell on them; learn from them and don’t repeat them.
- Find a mentor. Your mentor may NOT be your preceptor.
Source : http://scrubsmag.com/20-tips-for-nurse-noobs/
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