Registered Nurse (RN) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Registered Nurse (RN) in Buffalo:
"That it was a managerial position."
Never forget that we all had our first day // be kind to and considerate to all staff and peers //do more than you are expected to do willingly.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Greenfield:
Like what you do, and you'll feel like you're doing something important.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Minneapolis:
"Ask questions."
Always be focused and time management is very important. Skills not comfortable with ask for help.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Aliso Viejo:
"Making sure everyone is completing task in a timely fashion."
Do not be afraid to delegate.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Milwaukee:
"I wish there was more consistency in the nursing department."
This position is wonderful if you have school aged children, but there are unpaid summers off and you cannot apply for unemployment as part of your contract.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Columbus:
"No raises."
The Hospital has given no costs of living or merit raises in years.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Newton:
"What certification was worthwhile, and increased payscale."
Go for your 4 year degree right away, don't stop and begin working as a LPN, or 2 year RN, or begin raising a family, or owning a home, until that is completed, then go for your master's degree, and pick a speciality you can really enjoy, and grow with over the next 30-40 years. Some speciality areas are stressful, and will cause "burn-out" such as psychiatric/mental health, addictions, oncology and long term care.