Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Staff Nurse in Somerset:
"For The Sake of Adding Time, play dumb."
You will need all the orientation you can get as a new nurse. Play dumb and act as if you cannot "get it". Make orientation last as long as you can. The longer you take to achieve competency, the longer you get in orientation.
Staff Nurse in Abilene:
"Slow advancement for minorities."
Learn all you can. Make wise choices & positive Christian adjustments in all that you do to serve others from your heart. It will speak volumes.
Staff Nurse in Spartanburg:
"Fast pace, focus under stress, communicate, attention detail."
Be present. Must maintain Focus on task in a stressful, fast paced environment. Interpersonal skills a must! Team player always advocate for patient. Safety Is #1 priority.
Be certain a culture of safety and open communication exists among staff and physicians and interdisciplinary safety checks are in place.
Staff Nurse in Brodhead:
"How stressful and physically challenging it is."
To make a list of all questions about a job, ask them, and choose the job, that makes you the happiest, then you will be satisfied, cause no job, is perfect.
Staff Nurse in San Antonio:
"Self And System Awareness."
Learn how to maneuver situations with grace. Do not make enemies/do not gossip about others. But do not allow others to take advantage of you. Know your HR policies/nursing board regulations, legal pitfalls and how to navigate the system to work for you. It's not at all about patient care once you get out of school. If your work situation is causing you grief - do not take too long to make a change. Sometimes the system is faulty and you cannot fix it. If you cannot work in confines of a hospital then do some research in other avenues for nursing: legal work, auditing, case management, home health/hospice, coding etc.