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7 Things to Learn from a "Lifer" Nurse

Prisca Smith | Scrubs Magazine

You’ve got a lot to learn, grasshopper!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between seasoned nurses, whom we call “lifers” because they will likely retire on our floor and have been around a long time, and new nurses.

This probably has something to do with the fact that, in my new job, I am working with nurses who have been in the profession and specialty for 10+ years—there are not many newbies around. Some of these nurses will retire in a few years having been on the same unit their whole career!

The other night I watched a 25+ year nurse as she calmly took a verbal berating from a doctor — only to put him in his place using some evidence-based jargon that had my head reeling!

This is so different in that I am coming from a hospital where new grads moved up the ranks and ran the show at three to four years in, only to burn out and move on. In fact, when I was hired as a new grad, my previous manager told me that the unit had a “burn-out rate” of one year—new grads got their initial experience then moved on.

So, what does my future look like as a seasoned nurse? What can you expect if you’re planning on being a “lifer?”

What are the common traits in nurses with loads of experience?

#1: Lifers are Calmer →


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    almost 5 years ago

    I thought your article to be very informative, interesting and true. I Have seen many of my friends going crazy over the new profession for many reasons. I do believe that knowledge, common sense, and love for the career, and good interpersonal skills are keys to succeed in nursing. Thank you for your article.

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    linad

    almost 5 years ago

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    I am a lifer, sounds like the military :) I graduated with my generic BSN in 1978, so I just passed 31 years. I am working on my MSN just now, but will finish it or bust!!! I have been told that I am very calm. I was a Fllight Nurse in the USAF. I have taught at community colleges and have been an ER educator in a hospital. I have been a charge nurse and a staff nurse. I have had my CEN and CCRN. Right now I am a staff nurse working 8 hour shifts full time in an ER, and determined to finish my MSN. Most of all, I love patient education.

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    natashatad

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Advocation is a word.

    Dictionary.com ....
    ad·vo·cate (ād'və-kāt')
    tr.v. ad·vo·cat·ed, ad·vo·cat·ing, ad·vo·cates
    To speak, plead, or argue in favor of. See Synonyms at support.
    n. (-kĭt, -kāt')

    1.

    One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights.
    2.

    One that pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses.
    3.

    A lawyer.

    [From Middle English advocat, lawyer, from Old French advocat, from Latin advocātus, past participle of advocāre, to summon for counsel : ad-, ad- + vocāre, to call; see wekw- in Indo-European roots.]
    ad'vo·ca'tion n., ad'vo·ca'tive, ad·voc'a·to'ry (ād-vŏk'ə-tôr'ē, -tōr'-, ād'və-kə-) adj., ad'vo·ca'tor n.

    I agree that there is no evidence of a word as "assuridity."

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    jginnetti

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Sorry, but there are no such words as "assuridity" or "advocation". Nice article, though. John, RN

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