A nurse mentor: when do you start looking?

Every successful nurse has a mentor.

Someone to confide in. Someone you trust with important professional decisions regarding your career.
This mentor is often your preceptor, but I would encourage you to find a mentor who is not your preceptor.

Experience is a tough teacher, she gives the test first and the lesson afterward. We all need help at some point in our careers. You should find a learned and experienced nurse who can offer you the sage advice you need to help guide you along your path.

Do you have a mentor? If not, now is the time to find one.

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Never forget the fear of being the new Nurse

Never forget the fear of being the new Nurse

Every single seasoned Nurse was once the new Nurse. Every so often the seasoned Nurse needs to be reminded that the learning process is slow.

When the new Nurse isn’t quite getting it or not carrying their load or not grasping the needed concepts, remember you were once in their shoes. In fact, some of you just got out of those shoes!

As the resource, you sometimes can lose your patience when the new Nurse is struggling with a new concept or skill. We can get caught up in wrongfully comparing them to ourselves or others.

Try and remember the absolute fear and confusion you had. Remember how lost you felt during those first few days (weeks, months or even years).

Some of us took longer to get past that deer-in-headlight look. And some of us have been a Nurse for a year… and are still having trouble.

Try and remember the fear.

As the learned and trusted resource, it’s our job to nurture and prepare them. Teach, don’t preach. You don’t need to hit them with the proverbial frying pan every single day.

I think it is our responsibility to change our culture. It’s time to stop eating our young, and it’s time to start growing and building our profession.

Always remember that feeling you had when you were the new Nurse. It’s time we stopped ‘eating our young’… and changed our culture.

It starts with you.

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5 easy ways a new graduate Nurse can survive their first day in the ICU

5 easy ways a new graduate Nurse can survive their first day in the ICU

Being a new Nurse in the ICU is a tad bit mind-boggling and overwhelming.

Have you heard of the “deer in headlights” analogy before? That panic-stricken pale-faced zombie that has a hard time stringing the word “T-H-E” together. Yes, that level of fear.

The ICU was scary enough when we were students; now shit just got real. You got hired on as a staff Nurse. You’re going to have to learn how to be one of “them.”

I mean it’s one thing to rotate through the ICU as a student. But now you actually have to transition from student Nurse to graduate Nurse!

The good news? It’s survivable. In fact, it’s dare-I-say exciting!!! You’re exactly where you want to be. Aside from actually learning how to do the job you were hired for, I thought I might give you a couple of super-easy pointers to help you exchange oxygen a lil’ easier on your first day (or first several weeks).

*Hint: “exchange oxygen = breathing”; you’re gonna wanna do that often

Here are some suggestions you can use on day one that might help ease your transition:

  1. Get a (small) notebook.
  2. Brush up on your Math skills.
  3. Work on that ‘thick set of skin.’
  4. Critical care resource books.
  5. Get comfy with the Mechanical Ventilator.

Check out the video below.

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