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Being a New Nurse aka The Hunger Games

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All nursing students have heard the saying, “Nurses eat their young.” Being a new nurse is scary.        Your first nursing job may feel  like the Hunger Games.

 

 

 

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You think you nailed the interview when the manager loves your nursing school story about the geriatric patient with the smelly feet.

 

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After your third panel interview in a week, all you can manage is to say thank you and hope that you get a job offer.

 

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This is you nailing your first nursing  job.

 

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This is the firs time you sign your name with RN

 

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The opening ceremony is how you look in your starched uniform and perfect bun.

 

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This is how you look after you’ve been a nurse for 6 months.

 

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Finding a computer to chart is like fighting your way to the cornucopia.

 

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You have never heard so many machines beep at one time.

 

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The reaction you get when you ask for help from the nurse that no one warned you about.

 

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The pep talk your preceptor gives you about caring for the 90 year old, 90 lb woman with dementia who you are just a tad afraid will hurt you, again.

 

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The last 7 minutes of your shift, while you are waiting to clock out.

 

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The minute you finish your shift assessment your charge nurse floats you to another unit.

 

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You and your buddy decide to complain to your manager about your 4 on, 1 off, 4 on night shift schedule. They won’t fire both of you…right?

 

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Haymitch is your veteran nurse friend that gives you advice and is always dragging you out for bloody Mary’s after your night shift

 

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When the doctor belittles you in front of the patient.

 

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This is the key to getting nursing awards.

 

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Losing a patient is difficult, but you have to finish your shift.

 

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This every shift that is short staffed, which seems like every shift.

 

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Getting to know the other staff is not as easy as you think.

 

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Learning how to prioritize patient needs and requests can be overwhelming.

 

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Your family and friends don’t know what you are going through, but they are your biggest supporters.

 

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How you feel when the charge nurse asks you take your 3rd admit of the day.

 

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How you justify playing Candy Crush after you offer to help out your unit.

 

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When you find out your work spouse accepted at another hospital.

 

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Keep smiling! Your bonus is based on the patient satisfaction scores.


 

 

 

 

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This is you realizing you are not a brand new nurse anymore. You actually know what you are doing!  You rock!  Now its your turn to be a mentor to a new nurse.