What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Charge Nurse (RN) in Portland:
"Treat every person with respect and equally."
Treat everyone equal, from housekeeper to coworker to doctor with respect. Praise in public and discipline in private always. Work as harder than your staff. Start each day with a positive attitude because your mood sets the stage for the entire departments mood. If you become stressed out or find yourself getting upset or frustrated step away from the charge desk and your staff and collect yourself. They look to you in times of stressful situations and need a leader who is calm, collected, and a charge nurse who is confident that the team can handle any situation that is thrown at them. Remember that nursing is a job that you learn from each and every shift. The moment you think you know it all is the moment you could possibly make a serious mistake I learn something new each and every day either from my co-workers or my patients. Finally the minute you no longer love being a nurse and caring for patients you need to retire or find a new job. No one likes a crabby nurse. Good luck!
Charge Nurse (RN) in Corona:
"Is this necessary."
I think I"m wasting my time with this nonsense, I just want to find out what my pay should be at this rotten hospital.
Charge Nurse (RN) in Washington:
Know your staff; their strengths and weaknesses. Make assignments based on your staffs abilities. Always be prepared for the worst possible outcome. Know your SOPs thoroughly or how to locate them. Treat your staff with respect and dignity. Maintain a constant line of communication with your team utilizing the team STEPP methodology. As standards of practice change frequently continuous education is priority.
Charge Nurse (RN) in Atlanta:
To always make room to increase knowledge and skills when you have the opportunity. Cease the moment and achieve the best you can.
Charge Nurse (RN) in Clinton:
"Education is Key."
Start your education as soon as possible and keep growing! As we get older it's easier to share our knowledge and experiences than running up and down the halls doing direct patient care.