Let's hear your best advice and top tips for newbie nurses. What would you tell your younger self? What do you wish you had known when you started out? What are some insights from your experience in nursing that would benefit up and coming nurses? Check out a few of our favorites below and don't forget to add your top tips in the comments section below.
Start a journal of some of your memorable patients and families. I have cards and gifts from many after 41 years of nursing, but can only remember a few...
- Colleen R.
Always go the extra mile! You will feel better when you know you did!
- Tracey M.
The work doesn't get easier, but you ability to manage it does. It's only 12 hours and you can do anything for 12 hours. Work hard, ask questions, reach out for help, be a team player, and above all else treat your pts the way you would want someone to treat the people you love.
- Jennifer W.
Try to learn something new everyday from a patient.
- Lori W.
Plan your day as much as possible. Of course emergencies will happen, but you need to have a plan for peeing and having lunch.
- Lucia B.
Get a job in M & S.
- Wendy B.
Ask. Ask. Ask. Always ask question about everything. Nobody thinks why are they asking questions when you are new -so go for it!
- Andrea B.
The rewards from a nursing career are great. The work and sacrifices are much greater. It is important to love what you do.
- Gretchen D.
Don't forget about Self Care! You're worth it!
- Teressa S.
Learn to trust your intuition as your experience grows. Your guts can tell you a lot. Be brave and ask questions even if they sound silly in your head. Nobody knows everything.
- Louise P
Respect the CNAs and Techs. They do a lot for you.
- Lillian B.
Now it is your turn! Add you tip in the comments section below and check back to see what your fellow nurses have shared.