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Prisca Smith | Scrubs Magazine
almost 4 years ago
Education & Experience always makes the Professional to be confident in their Professional life
Advocation is always beneficial
Admitting our own mistakes is always beneficial either in personal & Professional life., Though at that moment it may be embarassing, but it will give calm mind, the person will not have any inhibitions or hesitations to interact further., moreover for their genuine nature they will be appreciated
Effective Therapeutic Communication skills always needed in all Professional activities. Concise, brief, accurate communication is very much needed., It helps the Nurses in our Interactions
"Experience makes men Perfect" yes i.e., true., It gives very confidence in all walks of life
Excellent article. There is always things to learn from "lifers" to a "newbee" I have been in nursing for over 32 years. I have seen so much change since being a grad. to now a "Lifer". I can no longer do bedside nursing so I now am a Nursing Supervisor. I advise any nurse to always feel challenged and continue learning. If not it is time to move on to another challenge. There is are always areas of nursing to seek our new challenges and learning.
I really enjoyed reading this article. I have been nursing for 15 years. Only 15, wow. Anyway, nursing is really getting me down, I am thinking of moving on, which is sad because I never wanted to be anything else but a nurse. My mom is a nurse and my hero, but I may not make it to retirement as a nurse. I find the changes in nursing to be innovative in some areas, and down trodding in others. Sad!
The article brought out some great points. I have been a nurse for 32 years in a hospital, wow the changes. I miss actually taking care of the patients. With management changing policies daily , so much more computer documentation and demands of families of the patient it is hard to actually take care of the patient. Working 12 hours shift is the worst thing our hospital has gone, I have begged for an 8 hour shift, they will not give. The shifts are exhausting because it is not just 12 hours, many times ther is a need to stay over to chart. Nursing is very rewarding in many ways but the menta and physical stress is more than I can handle. I never can take a break at work and many times not a lunch . I think our profession needs an over haul. Many say why don't you change jobs , I checked other , but with so much to loose such retirement large cut it pay it would be difficult. I wish the new nurses the best and hope for changes.
This article is one huge "DUH". You get these qualities from experience; it doesn't take advice from a "lifer" to point this out.
Thanks for the wisdom! I love reading about this stuff. Maybe I'll be a step ahead when I hit the floors for the first time in January. :)
Excellent article! I have only been a nurse since 2001, but I can see the changes I have made from being a novice nurse upwards towards the more experienced nurse. I am much more laid back and relaxed in urgent/emergent situations - because I have a greater experience and knowledge base nine years later. I've always been hesitant about taking charge on the unit, but after doing it several times (actually, being tossed into it), it makes me appreciate other nurses even more for their charge nurse experience. I'm also working on my Masters degree - which has opened my eyes to so much more than bedside nursing.
Beautiful article; I feel the say way when I watch a seasoned nurse. Nice to see someone talking about what is admirable about our colleagues.
I've been a nurse for 34 years, coming up from a medic to now working on my Master's degree. Here are some pointers alluded to but not specifically mentioned. First of all, nursing was much easier back in my days; there is so much medico-legal and regulatory hoops to jump through now, and patients are wiser, more educated. You will get a first "pass" with patients, because nursing is so highly regarded by the public - see the Gallup poll, since 1999 nurses have scored higher than doctors, priests, pharmacists and police officers. This advice is for the newly graduated nurse about to start her first job:
1 - prioritize, prioritize, prioritize! Nothing will get you more exhausted than doing the task that could wait later. The list changes constantly, from second to second - be ready to switch gears at a moment's notice.
2 - Put yourself in the patient's place. If you were him/her, would you want it done that way?
3 - TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Join a yoga class, run, read books, do things that (legally) let you blow off steam. Watch funny movies, have a good laugh, look at your experiences from the human side - believe me, there will be a LOT of funny moments to reflect on and get a smile.
4 - Don't rest on your laurels - get higher education. Nothing fulfills a person than the sense of accomplishment of attaining a Bachelor's, a Master's or PhD if you don't have one.
5 - get smarter. Nursing is changing daily, and Evidence Based practice is there to remind you that the train of knowledge waits for no one.
6- Get a mentor. Look around and see who has been there the longest, and observe and reflect what makes that veteran nurse an expert nurse. Nursing school is generally a guideline for practice, but the real school starts on those hallways and the patients' room.
Above all, be PATIENT. Nobody, but nobody was born a nurse, they learned to be one, and it is an art, just like singing, dancing, making crafts, writing music, or painting. And as an art you must work at it constantly to hone it, perfect it. Eventually you will be that veteran nurse that looks and acts like an expert nurse.
It was only a matter of time before some well meaning people who valued the "Culture of Life" figured out that quality of life mattered.
about 4 years ago
I am a diploma nurse with 30+ years of nursing. I have read some of my yearly reviews from 1982-1985They showed my progress, as a nurse, year by year. My evident ( to my head nurse) frustration as a night nurse, Not much room for growth back then, and there. I found that even back there my frustations with frustrations with nonmotivated fellow workers, Drs who don't like to be bothered, night nor day,and patients who refuse to do for themselves when they can. Sadly, I found, much of my current self, in those records. No wonder I burned out. After 10 years, in home health, I was done with more that double the paperwork, because the many of the field and in office, personnel, did not complete the required paperwork and let me tell you, Medicare notices! I learned a lot about what I didn't know as a hospital nurse. When patients started blaming me for there choices of lifestyle, no matter the form of teaching and patient response. Hence, the Drs blaming the professional. Yes, I am burned out. I cry over it. I miss the patients (care and teachin of) as well as the interactions with the Drs., I can't see me going back to high stress, including med/surg. Sloppy nursing and Drs, have always been stressors. As I have analyzed much of my nursing career, I find that despite all, it has been the best choice I have ever made. I have no idea what I will do the rest of my life.
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