5 Career Tips to Make a New Nursing Grad’s Transition Easier
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2.Maintain relationships with other new grads. When working as a new nurse it is often helpful to speak with peers who are experiencing similar situations. Whether to offer advice or support, other new nurses are sure to be empathetic and share their own learning experiences. Mental and emotional health is important for everyone, and sometimes feeling like you aren't alone in your struggles makes all the difference.
3.Study policies and procedures. Your teachers were right. It's important to know your workplace's policies and procedures. From both a legal and best practice standpoint, performing the proper techniques from the beginning will ensure patient safety, as well as your peace of mind. If you have time at work (perhaps on a nightshift), review some policies. You can also print them off and review them at home if you wish. It takes work to review them all, but remember that nurses are life-long learners, and patient safety is key!
4.Think about your niche. If you began your new nursing career in an area to gain experience, but don't necessary feel satisfied working where you are, don't worry. Wherever you are, you are most likely gaining skills that will follow you with your career. Maintain hope and be positive that you will one day find your niche. There are so many different areas of nursing that you are sure to find something that best suits you. Remember everything is a learning experience. Keep your eyes open for positions you'd like, and spend time researching them. Follow your bliss.
5.Realize why you got into nursing. I often hear of nurses becoming so disillusioned with tasks, procedures, and documentation they have to complete that they become overwhelmed. Try to take a moment to breathe, and realize how much you are helping people. Perhaps if you have 5 minutes, chat with a patient. You'd be surprised what you can learn! It is often these moments that can lift us up and help us remember why we really wanted to be nurses.
Using these steps as guidelines will hopefully help you in your nursing career. Think of how far you've come. You can continue making it as a successful nurse!