Registered Nurse (RN) Advice

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

Registered Nurse (RN) in Carthage:
"It is a life STYLE. You are always aware of any around you."
It's great but government is messing with patient care. To them PAPERWORK trumps PEOPLE.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Lexington:
Patients are people. Treat them like you would want to be treated. They don't always realize you might be caring for 4 to 6 other patients, so even though it isn't always easy remember they are usually there because they are sick. A smile goes a long way.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Flushing:
"How important a bachelors degree in nursing (BSN) would be o."
Get BSN. & job @ hospital with tuition benefits. Large Teaching hospital obs are the most secure, and increase your pay more quickly with experience while allowing you to change specialties from within. Get as many certifications as you can.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Coeur d'Alene:
"Pay raises...don't I deserve at least a cost of living raise."
Get everything in writing. Learn all you can; take every opportunity to learn new things. Don't be timid. Always ask questions...you will never know it all. If you think you know it all, you're going to make costly mistakes! Make someone's day better...be positive, outwardly and inwardly. SMILE! And LAUGH...alot! Make every experience fun!

Registered Nurse (RN) in Butte:
"How much stress and negative environment I would work in."
Be selective which hospital you work for, start on nights, be sure you have a BSN and as soon as you finish that go straight into your master's program and have a specialty in mind.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Cookeville:
"HOW MUCH I WOULD BE ON CALL BEFORE I STARTED."
CONSIDER WHERE YOU'RE AT FINANCIALLY BEFORE YOU START A CAREER IN THE ICU...WHEN THE CENSUS IS DOWN YOU DON'T WORK.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Baltimore:
"No respect. You can and will be replaced."
You have to work holidays and weekends.