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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The generation gap in Nursing

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The newer generation of Nurses versus the seasoned generation of Nurses.

The young versus the old.
Somehow we’ve drawn an imaginary line between ourselves and it’s time we figured out a way to erase it. United we stand, divided we fall.

Here are some myths about each generation:

New Nurse:

  • tech savvy
  • don’t appreciate the ‘old ways’
  • don’t understand how good they got it
  • always in a hurry

Seasoned Nurse:

  • never going to change
  • their way is not always the best way
  • stubborn and stuck in the past
  • need to pick up the pace

What do you think?

I thought I might offer some thoughts on how to eliminate this divide:
1. Knowledge is king
2. The care Nurses give hasn’t changed
3. Be open minded
4. Have mutual respect
5. Find common ground

Check out the video below. Click the title, head on over to my Facebook page and leave me a comment.

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The 2-year itch in Nursing…

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When do you start to feel like you know what you are doing?…

“Usually around year two”

This is a conversation we’ve all had. I remember hearing this conversation when I was a student. I remember having this conversation as a new nurse. Aaaannndd I remember having this conversation as the seasoned nurse.

The irony is… the statement possesses a fair amount of truth.

At the two year mark your world of nursing goes through this weird paradigm shift. You act differently, you move differently, you think differently…..

You ‘Nurse’ differently…

And well.. you become a different nurse.

Dare I say you HTFU (I’ll let you look this one up).

You grow a thicker set of skin.

You become more confident in your skills, knowledge and abilities.

You question yourself less.

You show up to the fight with brass knuckles instead of kid gloves.

You find your voice.

You stop coddling and start empowering.

You lead instead of follow.

And it doesn’t just happen at the two year mark, it happens gradually. It’s an insidious and strong change that cements into your psyche as a nurse. You’re digging your feet into the sand looking to stake your claim. All while staying humble and centered.

You grow.

The irony? You never even know it happens because you’re too busy doing your job.

Are you curious as to WHEN this happens? This metamorphosis reveals itself the first time you say ‘No’ to a request… and you’re comfortable with answering No. You discover the ‘guilt-free’ version of your nurse-self.

Welcome to the party.

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