The Best New Graduate Nursing Jobs
As you transition from a nursing student to a new graduate nursing job, you will have to make some adjustments. You will have to earn respect of fellow workers and those in administrative positions as well.
There are some issues you may encounter at first when you embark on your brand new career in nursing just out of school. These things might include:
- You will more than likely find a friend or mentor who will be happy to teach you the ropes.
- Always pay close attention to where everything is located for future reference. This will help you succeed at a faster level.
- Although you are the new kid on the block, many nurses will be glad to let you help out with those “difficult” patients.
- Your fresh face can breathe a breath of fresh air into stale situations. Be confident, but not over confident.
- Even though you will more than likely end up with the grunt work, don’t get a bad attitude about it. You can count on the fact that you will get paired with the person on staff that isn’t as well liked.
Although you may encounter all of the above situations, it is imperative that you remain positive and focused as a new nurse. Once you put in your time, you will gain the respect you desire as well. Remember, your supervisors and superiors were once young and inexperienced nurses themselves. Take the extra time to learn from them what you can. It could be valuable in the long run.
Working on Holidays
As you well know, patients don’t stop being sick just because the holidays roll around. New graduate nursing jobs often include holiday working. As a matter of fact, you can count on it! Nurses who have seniority have paid their dues so to speak. They will expect you to do the same thing. In fact, you may have to work Christmas day for several years. It is best that you realize these things up front. You will quickly adjust and may even learn to make Memorial Day your favorite family holiday. You will get an alternate day off with holiday pay, so keep that in mind for a little extra incentive.
Take this new information as a personal challenge and make goals for yourself as a nurse. No one ever said being a nurse is easy. It is however a very noble and well respected profession. People’s lives and well- being are in your hands. You have hands that can heal with the right touch and a heart of compassion. Remember why you wanted to be a nurse in the first place. Be a positive team player, and you will gain the respect of your fellow workers before you know it. Most importantly, be the best nurse you can possibly be. Your patients are counting on you. A good nurse is a treasure for someone feeling bad or very ill. Be the nurse your patients are depending on every day .