Starting a New Nursing Job
Whether you’re starting a new job with no experience or as a 20-year veteran, it’s normal to be at least a little anxious. This is particularly true for the nursing profession, which relies heavily on team chemistry and the ability to multitask under pressure. Enlightened nurse manage…
Whether you’re starting a new job with no experience or as a 20-year veteran, it’s normal to be at least a little anxious. This is particularly true for the nursing profession, which relies heavily on team chemistry and the ability to multitask under pressure. Enlightened nurse managers understand this and will work to make the onboarding process as smooth as possible, but there are steps you can take to help you thrive when starting a new nursing job.
First Impressions Are Key When Starting a New Nursing Job
The first 30 days in a new job are critical. Chances are your coworkers and supervisors will already have a lasting impression of your temperament and the value you bring to the staff by then. This starts with the first impression, from day one through the end of the first week. Consider the following suggestions as you prepare for your new role.
Make an Effort to Meet Your Coworkers
It may sound obvious, but it’s worth reiterating the importance of being friendly with everyone from the receptionist and CNAs to your director of nursing and the physicians. Once you’ve broken the ice with your teammates and support staff, it will be much easier to handle the more difficult aspects of a nurse’s day-to-day responsibilities. Some of the first people you meet may become your closest allies and friends.
Even if you’re a seasoned veteran, every care residence or facility has its own system that you’ll need to learn in order to thrive. Even if you’re certain there are better ways of doing things, now is not the time. Your success later in the month and beyond is largely dependent on how well you incorporate your initial training. If you don’t understand a given procedure or need your trainer to repeat something, be sure to ask now.
Take Detailed Notes and Ask Questions
While we’ve already discussed the importance of paying close attention to your trainer, it’s in your best interest to take notes and ask questions as they arise in a general sense. How do I contact the HR manager? What’s the formal procedure for requesting time off or a shift change? Which nurses or support staff are my go-to contacts for X, Y, or Z?
Know How to Get Around Your New Workplace
Logistics and time management are especially crucial in nursing, since the needs of residents or patients will dictate the pace of work. This means you’ll want to know how to find the bathroom, make a quick phone call, or get a drink of water as efficiently as possible.
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