My first year as a nurse was easily the hardest and most rewarding of my nursing career. Your first year of direct patient care comes with a lot of challenges. You are now independently responsible for someone’s life. You take care of the patient, their family, and more than often forget to take care of yourself. I learned so many valuable lessons that will change how I practice nursing for the rest of my career and I call themThe Ten Nursing Commandments:
I guarantee you that everyone on your unit has once asked for help. Situations can escalate really quickly and help is necessary. As a new nurse or healthcare professional, it is normal to feel like you need to do everything on your own. This is not realistic. Swallow your pride and ask for help. Everyone is a team.
3. IF SOMETHING DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT, IT IS PROBABLY NOT RIGHT
Listen to your gut! That sinking feeling in your stomach is there for a reason. In these moments, take a deep breath and think things through. Reference your hospital’s policies and procedures if you need to! Moral of the story is listen to your gut.
4. RESEARCH YOUR QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU ASK
Instead of asking established nurses on the unit how quickly a medication can be administered, try researching it yourself first. Reference the policies and procedures instead of your colleagues. Medicine is dynamic. Establishing this as your routine at work will help keep your work up-to-date and you will become a wonderful source of knowledge!
5. ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION
It is easy to play the “this or that” game during a shift. If you are stuck questioning whether something should be escalated to the nurse manager or the healthcare provider…always escalate it. We are dealing with human lives. Caution is necessary.
6. IF YOU DIDN’T CHART IT, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN
This is why I have started writing everything down! Sometimes the computers freeze and sometimes you don’t have time to chart until the end of your shift! Cover your butt by putting pen to paper and chart EVERYTHING as soon as you can!这是护理的黄金法则。
7. TAKE YOUR TIME
Seasoned nurses and healthcare professionals have their skills and time management figured out. It takes time to build this muscle memory and comfort with your profession. Do not race with other nurses. Go at your own pace and focus on the little improvements made shift-to-shift. I promise you will one day be at the level of the seasoned nurses!
Having been a nurse a year, I have seen lots of different styles of nursing. There is thedo only what needs to be done nurses,theover achiever nurses,and theI’m just trying to get to the end of my shift nurses.It can be frustrating receiving a patient from a minimalist nurse if you are an over achiever nurse. Stay true to yourself. If you walk into an un-stocked patient room, don’t leave it un-stocked intentionally for the next nurse! Develop healthy habits of going above and beyond early so this becomes your standard of nursing care.
No matter how tired you are, throw on your nicest set of无花果，扔掉你的头发，然后上班。打扮给留下深刻印象不仅仅是为了你......它实际上给了家庭安心。我一直处于多个代码的情况下，大便击中了风扇，但由于我的外表，你永远不会知道它。只要在里面疯狂，家庭看到这个镇静立即让人安心！
10. GIVE YOURSELF GRACE
You are learning and improving every single day whether you realize it or not. Becoming an incredible nurse or healthcare provider does not come over night. It comes with hard shifts, difficult lessons, tears, and frustrations. But it also comes with patient giggles, a tough work family, and the feeling of knowing you’re making a difference in peoples’ lives. Embrace the small victories, learn from the defeats, and take care of yourself too!