I know it’s confusing, but this is how a doctor’s schedules works, from an experienced nurse. It’s not always the same, but this can help.
Don’t be intimidated! Follow these tips for working with physicians and banish your nursing anxiety for good.
This is so important! Nursing delegation frees up your mind so you can focus on the most important tasks first. Here’s how to master it.
Nursing Teamwork is one of those buzzwords, but what does it practically look like during elbow-to-elbow nursing care?
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 […]
Learn from an experienced nurse who has been there – this is how to clean a poopy patient the fastest (and best) way possible! 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 […]