You may have thought nursing school was the most stressful and overwhelming time of your life.
Completing your nursing program and passing the national certification exam doesn’t mean your life will now suddenly get easier. Making the transition from student to professional might be tougher than your instructors led you to believe.
To help you face the many challenges that most new nurses face, here are some tips and tricks to add to your survival kit.
Starting any new job can be stressful, but try not to be scared. Even seasoned nurses can have stressful days, and that’s not always a bad thing. Stress can send just the right amount of adrenaline into your system, making you alert and ready to do your job to the best of your ability.
Each healthcare facility runs things differently and it is unlikely nursing school prepared you for everything you’ll face in a new work environment. If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask questions – that is one of the best ways to learn and grow in your profession.
When you start working as a professional nurse, you will likely be inundated with a lot of new information. Because it can be difficult to remember every experience in a given work day, it’s a good idea to have a notepad with you to take notes, write down your experiences and jot down any questions you might have.
No one wants to make mistakes, but don’t fret if you make some when you’re first starting a new job because mistakes are expected. Try not to dwell on past mistakes. Instead, learn from them and work toward not making the same mistakes twice.
No matter what the profession, respect is something that must be earned. Do not walk into your new job with overconfidence or with a chip on your shoulder, expecting to be respected. You can earn respect by showing respect toward others and by performing your job to the best of your ability.
Working as a professional nurse can be stressful at times, but you don’t want stress to interfere with how you work. Here are a couple ways to help deal with stress, and limit it from negatively affecting your work performance:
Nursing can be one of the most gratifying careers in the world, but it certainly poses many challenges to those just entering the workforce. If you follow these tips and tricks you may find it much easier to transition into your new and exciting profession.