Registered Nurse (RN) Advice

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

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.

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 will never know it all. If you think you know it all, you're going to make costly mistakes! Make someone's day positive, outwardly and inwardly. SMILE! And LAUGH...alot! Make every experience fun!