5 Tips for Starting Your Nursing Job Off Right

So you just started a new nursing position and you’re optimistic and ready to take on the new challenge, but you’re not sure what to do to set yourself up for ultimate success in this new position. That’s completely normal! A new job means new management, new patients and new daily tasks. Here are 5 tips on how to start your new nursing job off on the right foot:

Acknowledge Informal Leaders

Informal leaders can be a peer or a subordinate that do not hold formal leadership titles. These people hold influence, power, and they are often top performers with industry expertise! When you give these informal leaders acknowledgment and respect, they become helpful coworkers, which helps you out in the long run!

What’s Important to Your Boss Is Important to You

Your work efforts must align with the company agenda. If patient satisfaction scores are a priority for your boss at the moment, then they should be your priority as well.

This means you should listen to your boss and learn what they value. People tend to repeat important things, just as the rule of threes suggests if someone repeats something three times in a conversation, it is highly important to them. Helping your boss succeed is smart and will not go unnoticed!


This is extremely important when starting a new job! You need to get to know and build relationships with the people you will spend most of your time with. Graciously accept social invitations and get to know your co-workers.

With that being said, be careful not to get overly comfortable in social situations outside of work and say things you normally wouldn’t. The number one rule should be no gossip!

Emotional IQ

Emotional IQ is the ability to recognize your own and other people’s emotions. Possessing emotional IQ is important for having healthy work relationships.

You should be aware of your own triggers and manage your emotions professionally at work. If a certain patient or coworker pushes your buttons, take that as a learning opportunity and try to manage your responses.

Handle Setbacks and Constructive Criticism

Our worst traits come out when we’re under stress, and your superiors are watching to see how you respond to conflict and constructive criticism. Thank those who give you constructive feedback and take it under consideration.

Your relationship with yourself may be the most important. Learn from your mistakes and then let it go! Don’t carry it around with you and let it define you.

We wish you all the best luck in your new position and hope that these tips will set you up for success!


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