When you’re a new nurse, it’s easy to feel anxious about starting your career on the right foot! The transition from being a nursing student to being in charge of someone’s well-being is a big one and can be difficult. Here are 5 tips to help you survive your first months and to help set yourself up for a long, successful career!
1. Ask Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions, even if you think it might be “dumb!” How else will you learn? No one will expect you to know the answers at first, so don’t be shy! Curiosity and questions will be what helps you become the best nurse you can be. Even if you know something, but are questioning it, ask anyways! Ask questions every day and you will grow and learn more than you ever expected.
When you start to get busy and stressed at work, remember to breathe and slow down. Your initial reaction may be to move faster and try to do more, but this can lead to mistakes. Faster isn’t always better, especially when it comes to taking care of your patients.
3. Feed Your Brain
Caffeine and sugar are only temporary energy boosts, and aren’t what your brain needs to function at it’s highest level! When you’re a nurse, your eating schedule is sporadic, so pack some healthy snacks! Granola bars, protein shakes, nuts, fruit and yogurt are all great examples of snacks to keep on hand in case you do have to miss a meal.
You will probably preach this to all of your patients, so take some of your own medicine! Staying hydrated will not only give you more energy, but will give you a health boost as well. Drinking lots of water during your shift will keep you fast, alert and functioning at your best!
5. Always Keep Learning
There’s no end to what you need to learn as a nurse! Find out what types of nursing and what subject spark your interest and dive in! Find your favorite learning style, whether it be in person or online, and gain knowledge every chance you can get!
You WILL survive your first nursing job! If you are looking for a new opportunity, give us a call today!