Those first few years as a new nurse can be very difficult. We focus a lot on nurse leadership but it's important to not forget that leadership, like everything else has a starting point. Those first few years as a new nurse can be very difficult and challenging to navigate. We have created a list of do's and don'ts that all new nurses must know.
Do you remember having to plan and prioritize while going through nursing school and even studying for the NCLEX? Nurses learn to prioritize and plan because they are limited on what they can do. We have to budget our time because let’s face it, we don’t have the luxury of accomplishing everything we want to most days. In that same sense we need to apply the mindset of planning and prioritization to money because it is a finite resource. Some people might have more of it than others but at the end of the day there is a limited amount...Check out our steps to learn how to budget your personal finance like a nurse.
Oh the great med/surg debate! Do I have to work med/surg as a new nurse?...If a student doesn’t know where he/she would like to start their career, med/surg can definitely be a good starting point. But if you already know what you want, why delay it!
We would like to believe that people will form conclusions about who we are based on several interactions with us. Unfortunately (for most of us) that is not the case and first impressions can hold a lot more weight than we might actually think.
Last week we talked about how awesome the eNLC is and how it could positively impact your career. All of that is true but I think it is also worth mentioning that there are also potential pitfalls with that new legislature.
The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is going to be effective January 19, 2018. This effects nurses from over 25 states and could effect more nurses from other states. This article talks about what the eNLC is and why you should care.
There is a varying degree of students from all walks of life that graduate nursing school. When you have never worked as a nurse before or have never worked, some knowledge may not be evident. For the nurse graduates who might be on their second career after spending years working another, it never hurts to get a refresher! Either way you are starting a new career in nursing and there are a couple of things that you might want to know prior to graduating from nursing school.