How six weeks has passed already is beyond me, but yesterday I graduated officially from my degree and I'm kind of feeling like a real nurse already.
In these last few weeks I have really focused on getting into some sort of a routine with shift work, making sure I'm not getting too overwhelmed and trying to learn something new every shift (which isn't hard being a newbie). I have really enjoyed every shift (even the hectic ones) and I don't feel very overwhelmed at all. I asked on my Instagram what my readers wanted in this update and most people said tips for new grads, so I will share with you the things I have learnt in six weeks and the things that I think have made my time as an RN not as overwhelming as I thought it would be.
I could write for days about things to help you and I promise I will give you more tips to get through your rookie days, but for now, I think these seven things will help you immensely in your first few weeks. Oh, and don't forget to have fun! Laugh at yourself, smile and don't be too serious. I do this all the time, like the other night I accidentally pierced a TPN bag to prime the IV line and somehow pulled the tip out again and TPN started spraying all over me. I just started laughing and ran to my preceptor and told her what happened and we sorted it out. I smelt like TPN which smells like salt and vinegar (but gross) for the rest of the shift which wasn't ideal, but I wasn't stressed, worried or sad at all because it wasn't that big of a deal. It was a little mistake that was a bit messy, but that's it. Nothing to stress about.
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Endless love and appreciation,