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The 4 Best Ways to Begin a New Nursing Job

Whether you’re entering the real world or simply beginning your first nursing internship, you want to make sure you put your best foot forward. However, that can be a little difficult when you don’t have a lot of experience. Naturally, you may be fearful that a simple mistake could lead to you getting fired. While worries are normal for all newcomers, there are a few simple ways to make your job a bit easier at the beginning.

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Follow these suggestions:

1. Listen to your mentor
When you’re first starting out, you may have very few friends at your new job. However, you will have a mentor that can guide you through the nuances of the process. While you may initially be intimidated by your mentor, his or her presence will only help you become better in your role, so long as you listen. That’s why it’s important to soak up as much wisdom and advice as you can. If your mentor doesn’t seem to be freely giving it up, ask questions about the procedures you work on together or the day-to-day business in the hospital. Regardless of whether your mentor advises you to avoid the coffee or tells you how to easily find a vein, his or her advice should always be cherished. If you and your mentor just don’t seem to be clicking, don’t worry about it. Talk to your supervisor to see if there’s any way you can be switched.

2. Create a task list
Whether you work in a hospital or a medical clinic, unexpected tasks will come up throughout the day. However, at the beginning of each day, it is important to create a priorities list to help get yourself ready for the day. This list will allow you to see what tasks you need to complete and determine which are the most important. That way, if something unexpected comes up and you’re working on a less-than-important activity, delegate it to a colleague or ask your mentor how to juggle it all. He or she may have some sage advice on how to handle it or may help you deal with those mundane tasks in the beginning.

3. Get to know your team
You probably aren’t the only nurse starting out. Instead, there’s a good chance there will be an orientation for all the new nurses. At the orientation, listen closely. Medical techniques are constantly changing so you may hear some advice that could help you excel in your role for years to come. It’s also critical to socialize and get to know your team during this time. This doesn’t mean you need to become best friends with your entire team, or join them for happy hour. Instead, it’s important to learn a little bit about them and give them a friendly wave when you see them in the hallway. If you’re at the nurses station and not doing anything, see if you can help out your busier teammates. They will appreciate the favor and hopefully return it when you’re strapped for time.

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4. Stay positive
There are going to be days that are worse than others, and they may get you down and cause you towant to quit. However, it’s important that you keep your chin up. Like any career, nursing can be a fun and rewarding job, but also a challenging one. On the days that are tougher than most, stay positive and keep smiling. Resilience is key as a nurse and will reward you in the end when you take more good out of your job than bad.


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