5 Tips to become a better nurse
Congratulations! You are hired! Now, what? You have a lot on your plate, learning your new careers ins and outs. How can you be a better nurse in a hospital setting? Your first year on the job is often the most stressful because you don’t know what you don’t know. You will constantly learn throughout your career, but just when you thought you were prepared in nursing school, bam, the real world of nursing takes you by surprise. Sound familiar?
Use these tips on how to become a better nurse:
- Continue to Learn – Continuing education is a constant reminder that our learning as nurses must never end. Most State Boards require nurses to complete continuing education hours (CEUS) to be competent in their licensure.
- Become Certified – A certification in your field can help you learn your specialty the best in your unit, making you the resource person. If you have a true drive for what you do, becoming certified is the step to prove it.
- Turn off your brain at home – Always continue to learn and seek out new opportunities at work. At home, look up things you are not familiar with that you want to know more about, but be sure to take time for yourself. You need to, nurse burnout is too common.
- Remember the good times – You may have the drug seeking addict in room 4, the incontinent, ungrateful patient in 12, but there was someone you truly helped that day. Remember that patient. To get ahead in nursing, you have to remember the good we do for people. Were you there to hold the hand of the women diagnosed with cancer that day because the physician didn’t have the time to sit with her and grieve? Those moments will keep you ahead of the colleague who does not spend any time with her patients.
- Find a rock – We all need a mentor, someone to vent to. After getting your feet wet on your unit, find a buddy. Someone who can relate to you. Maybe it is your preceptor, someone who had a child when you did, or maybe one of the older nurses who you remind them of when they were young. Find someone to lean on when times are tough.
You will get ahead in nursing with these tips. What other tips do you have to help get ahead in this field of nursing?