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    I am wondering. What do you guys think are the unwritten rules of nursing? Especially for a new grad!


    never try to act like you know everything. If you dont know or arent sure, ask. Dont be afraid to look stupid. 🙂

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    Be open minded and ready and willing to learn. I learned so much more while doing my preceptorship, practically speaking, than in school. When I first got to the hospital, I thought I knew it all, no one could tell me anything until one day when a seasoned LPN put me in my place and opened my eyes. From that day forward I opened my mind and learned so much more. Be willing to learn from ANYONE. Even the CNAs can tell you things you didn’t learn in school. After the eye opening, I listened to all and of course you weed out the things you know aren’t correct but most things are from experience. That’s probably the best advice I could give, be willing and ready to learn more and more each day. Just because you have the letters RN behind your name does NOT automatically make you a Florence Nightingale. If nurses today had to do what nurses had to do back then, there would be a lot less enrolling. 🙂


    ask questions. If you don’t know something, ask. The most dangerous nurses are the ones that think they know everything.

    Assist other nurses whenever you can – starting ivs, dropping NG tubes, inserting foleys, etc. You learn the most from experience and even just being able to watch can help you increase your skills.

    Also, I learned the most about basic patient care from a CNA on the first floor I worked on. He taught me so much and I still thank him all the time for how much he helped and continues to help me.

    Finally, you’re not above doing the dirty work. If you are genuinely busy it is good to be a wise delegator, but there is no reason to call a CNA to do something you can easily do yourself if you have the time. Alternatively, if you really need to help someone who is having difficulty breathing and another one of your patients wants a snack, call someone. Your time is better spent doing things only nurses are able to do.

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