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Tips for Being the Best Nurse You Can Be

There are thousands of awesome nurses out there who have a ton of experience. Sometimes the best way to learn is to just listen. If you are an LVN to RN student, here are some tips from seasoned nurses so you can avoid some of the pitfalls of newer nurses and not recreate the wheel to success.

NurseZone.com contributor E’Louise Ondash, RN, interviewed several nurses who have spent decades in the health care industry and here are some of their words of advice.

1) Listen to Your Patience – I know this sounds obvious, but sometimes we get so caught up in information that is written in black and white that we forget to always give validity to a patient’s concerns or health claims. Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS states, “for years, some patients have insisted that the effect of medication has been different than what the majority of patients experience and new research supports their claim. There is now a recognized phenomenon of pharmacogenetics.”

2) Create a Professional Philosophy to Live By – If you have a purpose statement guiding you, it will give you strength during times when you feel discouraged. For example, Davies philosophy is to “Act as if this was the very last chance I have in life to make a difference.”

Brian Elliott, RN, OCN, incorporates his faith into his work as he treats oncology patients. “I’m led by the morals and values taught in the scriptures and try to treat all of my patients with same courtesy and compassion that I’ve been afforded.”

3) Keep Learning – As a nurse, you will never know it all and just when you think you’ve mastered a skill, a newer and better way seems to pop up. Joyce Batcheller, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN explains, “Education will continue to play an important part in nursing. You have to keep up with what’s happening. You have to commit yourself to life-long learning and keep up with technology. There is always a demand for nurses but (the work environment) changes. Continuing education is necessary because of the increasing complexity of patient care. I tell my staff that it doesn’t make any difference where you start (your career) because nursing is so diverse. You can’t get bored. Future nurses will have even more choices.”

If you are in an LVN to RN nursing program in the San Francisco Bay Area, now is the time to use all the resources that are available to you as you further your nursing career.

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