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10 Tips for Starting a New Job Off on the Right Foot

10 Tips for Starting a New Job Off on the Right Foot

Megan Malugani | Monster Contributing Writer

6. Keep Your Eyes Open

Observe the experts on your unit or in your practice setting, suggests McLaughlin. You can learn a great deal by watching how they arrive at an agreement, handle difficult patients and interact with physicians. See what works and what doesn’t.

7. Set Priorities

Learn to evaluate which needs are most critical and look for ways to delegate tasks that someone else can handle, such as transporting a discharge patient. Ask the senior people on the floor how they handle a situation or troubleshoot with management to find new ways of doing things. Often, as a new employee, you have a much clearer vision of what is going on and can (tactfully) question existing processes that may not be working.

8. Make Friends in High and Low Places

Nobody works in a vacuum. Befriend both support staff and management. Don’t think you’re above the maintenance staff, unit secretaries or patient-care technicians. “That’s a curse that can come back and bite you,” McLaughlin warns. “They can destroy you if you get on their bad side.” And interacting with nursing managers who set policies will help you avoid the “us versus them” mentality.

9. Recharge Your Batteries

Take time to de-stress. It will make you a better nurse.

10. Give Your New Position a Fair Shake

When you get frustrated or discouraged, don’t give up on yourself or the institution, thinking you made the wrong job or career choice. “All change is frightening, and you need time to adapt to your new role as a professional,” DiDona says. “It takes a good six months to a year to feel part of a work situation.”

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