If you are anything like me, y’all probably had dreams of your career since you were a little girl. Cute little white outfit with a matching nurse’s hat and you’d be good to go! Turns out that isn’t what nurses look like, and the job is anything but a charming fairytale. It is so much better—filled with highs and lows, sadness and joy, but most of all, a sense of fulfillment. The following valuable tips for new nurses are a great reminder on how to stay calm and focused during the early stages of a nursing career.
Please Follow the Rules
Sounds simple enough, right? Y’all would be surprised how many people jump into the medical field with their own ideas of how things should be done. Listen, when y’all are new, follow the rules to a tee. No one likes a brand-new know-it-all. Rules are there to protect you and your patients.
Furthermore, seniority of staff and scheduling can be frustrating as a newcomer. Be patient, and eventually, you’ll have seniority also.
PPE is standard in all medical facilities, with some adding more to what is required. Follow PPE rules so germs aren’t carried home with you and patients remain safe.
Find a Nursing Mentor
One of the most valuable tips for new nurses is to find a mentor. We all need someone to look up to and seek advice from. Jumping headfirst into nursing is overwhelming, to say the least. A mentor is someone who has agreed to answer the millions of questions that will come from a new nurse. Choose a nurse who you admire and trust. It’s okay to follow someone else’s every move if you like how they handle themselves. In fact, some practices provide a mentor for their new nurses, so be sure to ask your superior if this option is available to you.
Expect Difficult Days and Difficult People
There is no getting around it—y’all are going to run into cranky nurses, arrogant doctors, and patients who are angry and upset. It comes with the territory. Telling yourself those days will come and preparing your mindset for it is very helpful. Preparation means you won’ be caught off guard.
When those moments do arise, take a deep breath and ask for help if necessary. Nurses who have been there before can give great advice in tough situations.
Being a nurse is an honor. Following your heart—along with some helpful tips—will get your nursing career off to a great start.