3 Things to Know As A New Grad Nurse

You've graduated and gone on to working as a New Grad Nurse. You are either employed in a Nurse Residency Program or working in a new unit on orientation. No matter what you are or where you are working, you are "The New Kid on the Block." Here are three tips to know as a new nurse:

1) You are viewed as inexperienced! You will looked as an inexperienced nurse. You may have worked as a LPN for years or have some experience on a unit as a Nurse Tech. The fact that you have not worked or have had responsibilities as a RN makes it a difference. The seasoned nurses will question every and anything that you do. This could be from charting to assessing a patient. What you should remember here is that this is their job. The patients' safety is the priority. Do not take it personal. Answer the questions that are asked and take as much notes as possible to provide adequate care. When giving report, try to include as much information as you can. Remember to include updates from your shift and highlight the critical changes. Showing your knowledge brings attention that you are aware of what is going on.

2) Your license is your life! Remember being in nursing school and working under your clinical instructor’s “license.” You had someone to double check your work to make sure you did everything correctly. Well…… Welcome to Reality! Once you get your degree and earn your license, you are responsible for your own actions. Knowing this, if you see something abnormal with your patient(s), notify someone higher (charge nurse or MD), assess the patient, and intervene. As said in nursing school, “if you didn’t chart it, you didn’t do it.” Document it! Note it! Chart it! It only takes one action as a nurse to lose your license. Take pride in your license and career. You have worked hard from your credentials and no one or nothing should be able to take it from you!

3) Learn as much as you can to get experience! You will always be in need to learn more! There is always something new to learn in the nursing industry. Once you begin working as an RN, you will begin to figure out different ways to care for your patients. This could be done by learning from others and changing your routine. Being free to change will allow you to gain more experience, and it shows that you have the ability to improve your skills. I am experienced in drawing labs, but I sometimes find myself watching the phlebotomists as they perform different techniques, especially on the “hard to stick” patients. Learning can be from any individual and in any aspect of your hospital or unit. Nursing is a career of never ending learning!! Thank you all for the support! Don't forget to subscribe and share!!!