Nursing Teamwork is one of those buzzwords, but what does it practically look like during elbow-to-elbow nursing care?
About the FreshRN Podcast Your first year as a registered nurse is challenging. This podcast is hosted by Kati Kleber, BSN RN CCRN, and Elizabeth Mills, BSN RN CCRN and features experienced nurses from FreshRN.com, who discuss the basics of that first year. From nursing orientation, code blues, tricks of the trade, and personal experiences, […]
I recently got a job as a new grad in a peds hospital, I love my job but hate the people I work with, they all gossip and talk behind everyone’s back and I’m not sure how to deal with that. I don’t want to seem rude but don’t want to be part of that […]
Something that is essential in your development as an efficient and safe care provider is appropriate time management. Below are some sticky situations and the safest and most efficient way to address them. Q: You’re assessing your new admission. She’s crying in pain. Her blood pressure is 162/38. She needs an IV. There are pended […]
If you could give med students/residents any tips, what would they be? I see great issue with student physicians not respecting RN’s (and also LPN/LVN’s, APRN’s) and, as the child of two nurses, I want to help break down the barrier so more student physicians and nurses can benefit from a shared network of information […]
This guest blog post comes from Natalie Bridges, RN. She’s a critical care nurse who jumped into ICU nursing straight out of school. Below is her guest post about ICU survival for newbies. After my first shift in the Intensive Care Unit, I thought to myself, “maybe this was a mistake.” Not knowing any […]
Learning your own time management style is one of the toughest parts about being a new grad. Here are tips I developed after working on an acute care nursing floor with cardiac and stroke patients. I typically had 4-5 patients on day shift and 5-6 on night shift. Report was 30 minutes and ended at […]
Have you ever had to deal with difficult patients? Examples would be non compliance or worse. How do you handle difficult patients?
Loaded question, I know. There are lots of variables and situations. Typically, we have a lot at our disposal to be able to adequately many situations without calling the doc. I love that because it means I can handle a lot by myself (yay for autonomy!). However, here are a few basic guidelines/rules.. 1. Check […]
One of the things that I love about being someone’s nurse is that I’m in charge. I’m calling the shots (ha!) and other than the 10 minutes that the doctor is at the bedside, I’m the boss. Nurses have so much autonomy now. When your critical thinking skills are on point, you know all your resources, […]
Many times in your nursey career, your seemingly awesome shift will turn crazy in a moment. The mark of a good nurse is staying calm in the midst of chaos. This is when your prioritization skills need to be on point. You should think, “what is the most important and time sensitive thing at this […]
So you’ve gone through CNA training and while you’re awesome at cleaning theoretical poop on a mannequin, you are terrified of your first poopy patient experience. You don’t even know what step 1 is. Well, you are in luck my nursey friend! Here are some basics on getting your patient squeaky clean after a code […]
Something I was super nervous about and didn’t have much experience with in school was working with physicians. I always heard horror stories about nurses getting screamed at for no reason and just assumed that would happen to me with every interaction with each and every physician. I made it into a much bigger deal […]
Monday through Friday, your patient’s attending and consulting physicians should round on your patient, write a progress note and enter orders if needed. They usually do this between the hours of 0800-1700. After and before this time, it’s the on-call physicians and midlevel providers that you’ll be dealing with. Doctors within their group or practice will […]