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Tips and Tricks for New Nurses

By Bisk
Tips and Tricks for New Nurses

You may have thought nursing school was the most stressful and overwhelming time of your life.

Think again.

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.

Not all stress is bad stress

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.

Ask questions

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.

Write everything down

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.

Don’t dwell on your mistakes

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.

Don’t expect respect – earn it

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.

Deal with stress in healthy ways

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:

  • Manage Your Time Efficiently – Nursing is not one of those jobs where you can roll in a few minutes late and have a successful day. Be sure to arrive ahead of time and preferably, in a calm and focused mood. Starting your day off right can impact your mood for the rest of the day. It’s a good idea to make sure you give yourself enough time in the morning to complete your morning routine, account for traffic on your commute, and make it to work on time in a great frame of mind.
  • Watch Your Diet – It can be easy for nurses to start making poor nutrition choices. Don’t eat your meals out of a vending machine, stay hydrated and eat plenty of fruit and veggies to keep your energy up.
  • Get Enough Sleep – High levels of stress can interrupt your sleep cycle which can lead to more stress. Do your best to maintain regular shift hours so you can go to bed and awaken at the same time each day.  
  • Take Necessary Breaks – It may seem difficult to take breaks during a busy shift, but this is one of the best ways you can deal with a stressful environment. If you can grab 5-10 minutes to recharge, you can get back to work more relaxed and able to provide quality care to your patients. If you feel you are too busy, ask another nurse if they can cover you.

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. 

Category: Nursing