Here is an article from NurseBuff.com that delineates all the important things we need to teach every new nurse who comes to your floor.
When you graduate from nursing school, you think you are ready to take on the world; the truth of the matter is that you are just getting started and have many things to learn and skills to develop. It is a fact that many new nurses are no longer working after the first year, at least not in the same capacity.
Being a nurse is hard and it is hard work, but most nurses wouldn’t be found doing anything else. Therein lies the enigma.
Please read all of these things and see if you agree with this author about what new nurses need to know.
It sucks to be a new nurse, but no one is immune to that period of adjustment. It may take a year or two before you finally get the hang of the nursing practice, but you will get there. Here are 101 essential survival tips every new nurse must know:
1. Never be afraid to ask questions. There is always something to learn in the field of nursing.
2. Learn to admit your mistake. If you plan to keep it forever, bigger problems may arise in the end. You colleagues will understand if you admit your mistake, and they will help you solve it.
3. Always clarify if you have doubts. Never hesitate to clarify a detail regarding your patient’s care if you are unsure about it.
4. Always think before you answer. Whenever the patient, the relative or the doctor is asking you some questions, think of the safest way to answer first. This is also the best thing to do if you are not sure about your response.
5. Plan for the worst and hope for the best. You cannot always predict how peaceful or how chaotic your shift will be, so always be prepared.
6. Keep up with your charts and task as they come up. If you save them for later, there might not be enough time to complete them. Remember that you cannot fully anticipate when you will be really busy.
7. Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you need to pee, don’t hold it as it will just take few minutes of your time. If you need to hydrate yourself, drink before continuing with your tasks. Most nurses delay the little things they need because they focus on finishing a task but in reality, if you are too hard on yourself the work you do will be greatly affected.
8. Stay away from negative people at your area. Being a nurse is already a tough job and it will be helpful to have a positive outlook in your work.
9. Eat between tasks. Nurses are usually deprived of precious time to eat so learn the trick of eating between tasks.
10. Before calling a doctor, always make a list of the things you need to mention. You can’t fully trust your memory when talking through a phone call especially when the doctor is always in a hurry.
11. Invest in your footwear. You will walk a lot in your entire nursing career so wear appropriate nursing shoes that are made for ultimate comfort and durability.
12. Always be on time. Being late is an addicting habit and you need to break it early. No nurse wants to get home late – keep that in mind when receiving the nurse from the previous shift.
13. Learn to be assertive. You must be always confident with what you are doing even if you have little idea about it. How can the patient trust you if you are not confident?
14. Avoid being involved in workplace gossips. It will do nothing good to your career as a nurse.
15. Get some sleep whenever possible. Inefficiency at work happens when there is lack of sleep. You are also more prone to medical errors when you don’t have enough rest.
16. Never leave a room saying that you will be back in a minute. That minute might never come as you can’t predict when you will be busy.
17. If you are unfamiliar with the drug you are about to give, always take time to look it up. The patient has the right to know about the drug he/she will receive so you should be armed with the correct information and the precautions to take.
18. Keep in mind that a good conversation is better than medicine.
19. No one has the right to make you feel incompetent unless you allow them to. Whether you are a new graduate or a veteran nurse with 20 years of experience, there is no reason for someone to make you feel incompetent.
20. Make your statement short and precise when calling a doctor in the middle of the night. These doctors are usually sleepy and you will need to relay your concern straight-to-the-point so they can quickly…(read the rest here)