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Top Tips To Survive Your First Year As A Nurse

Nursing is a grueling profession not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. Many people go to school ready to help as many people as they can and are fired up and ready to get started. Until the first day comes and a million thoughts go through your head. Did I learn enough in school? Am I going to be a good nurse? What will my coworkers be like? Will I be a victim of nurses eating their young? What if I kill someone? These are all valid questions and hopefully, my Tips To Survive Your First Year As A Nurse Will Help you out. Check out the video below.


Once again, thank you for checking out the video and here are those tips and a few bonus tips to help you not only survive the first year but many more to come!

1. Ask questions and don’t be too overconfident.
If you don’t ask questions we assume you know what you are doing.
Better to ask than to make a mistake that can harm you or the patient

2. Respect your elders!
Nurses that “have experience” (not old) like to feel smart, so ask questions and at the           same time you will score some brownie points.

3. Chart, Chart, Chart.
Be thorough with your charting and remember if you didn’t chart it, it didn’t happen.

4. Delegate appropriately.
We as nurses try to do too many things that can be delegated to others like aides, fellow       nurses, transport, techs, chaplains, or even the doctors.

5. Look at the patient, not the monitor.
A quick 3-second assessment looking at the patient can tell you a lot.
Remember PEA looks beautiful on a monitor, but not so much for a patient

Bonus tips
1. Learn from your mistakes.
Mistakes are nothing to be embarrassed about, but they are a way to learn and grow as a     nurse. You will make mistakes as a nurse. Get over it.

2. When you establish a relationship with your patient, incorporate humor with
their Care. Patients are under a lot of stress and humor helps them feel more
Comfortable and at ease.

3. Make sure families know the rules.
Family-centered care is good for patients, but rules and boundaries need to be                       established early so the care the patient needs is not compromised by too many family         members or over stimulation of the patient.

4. Always make eye contact and speak clearly so patients know what you are doing
at all times.

5. One of our cardio thoracic surgeons like to tell us to calm down when we had a
Bleeding patient and remind us that all patients stop bleeding eventually.

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