New nurses are a given on just about any nursing floor, and it can sometimes take them a little while to get up to speed with the rigors of nursing. Here are a few ways you can spot the difference between a new nurse and a well-seasoned one.
1. New nurses will run to a code. Well-seasoned nurses will stride.
2. New nurses have all the latest gear. Well-seasoned nurses get by with what they have.
3. New nurses will know all the policies and procedures. Well-seasoned nurses know what they can get away with.
4. New nurses will tremble with fear when confronted with a new procedure. Well-seasoned nurses will just do it.
5. New nurses will rehearse a call to the doctor. Well-seasoned nurses will just pick up the phone.
6. New nurses will not take a lunch. Well-seasoned nurses will try their best to get one.
7. New nurses will spend hours talking to a patient. Well-seasoned nurses know how to get in, have a meaningful conversation, and get out in time to do the rest of their job.8.
8. New nurses will struggle over an EKG reading. Well-seasoned nurses will pass it around to other nurses to see if they can figure it out.
9. New nurses are afraid to ask questions. Well-seasoned nurses always ask question.
10. New nurses cry every day after their shift. Well-seasoned nurses only cry when the shift has been particularly horrible.
11. New nurses love their nurse managers. Well-seasoned nurses respect their managers, but can definitely see their flaws.
12. New nurses are open to change in their procedures. Well-seasoned nurses are not.
13. New nurses don’t delegate properly. Well-seasoned nurses know exactly how much work to give to support staff.
14. New nurses bring textbooks to work in case they need them. Well-seasoned nurses leave the textbooks at home.
15. New nurses arrive 45 minutes before their shift begins. Well-seasoned nurses arrive ten to fifteen minutes before shift starts.
16. New nurses volunteer for everything. Well-seasoned nurses want to get their own work done.
17. New nurses stay hours after their shift charting. Well-seasoned nurses only need 20 minutes to tie everything up.
18. New nurses are notoriously bad at giving their end of shift report. Well-seasoned nurses can get through report in ten minutes.
19. New nurses are given the benefit of the doubt. Well-seasoned nurses are not.
20. New nurses, unless they are clean freaks, will be oblivious to a messy station or patient room. Well-seasoned nurses clean compulsively wherever they can.
21. New nurses will be embarrassed to expose a patient’s private parts. Well-seasoned nurses will protect a patient’s privacy, but feel little to no different when inspecting the nether regions.
22. New nurses will get nervous will multiple drips. Well-seasoned nurses will find extra pumps, get another IV started, and give the meds.
23. New nurses will have a sparse brain sheet. Well-seasoned nurses will have encyclopedic brain sheets.
24. New nurses hang out at the station during down time. Well-seasoned nurses are charting, rounding, and cleaning.
25. New nurses will come in when they are sick as a dog. Well-seasoned nurses know not to spread their germs around and will call in, trusting their coworkers to pick up the slack.