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3 tips for new nurses

Those who are starting a career in nursing or transitioning to a new position can benefit from some tips for success. There are lists upon lists of tips for success but three that fit almost any nursing situation include:

  • Prepare for the position. Get good gear before you start. Comfortable shoes are important. It is also a good idea to make sure you know the route and traffic patterns so you can make sure you arrive for your shift on time. It can help to review common abbreviations and medications used in your new unit so that they are fresh on your mind when you start.
  • Start with a growth mindset. You spent years training and will likely bring prior experience to this new position. Although these will serve you well, it is also important to ask for feedback and learn the expectations that come with your new unit. Take some time to watch, listen, and learn before sharing new ideas.
  • Take steps to avoid burnout. It is also important to take the time to take care of yourself. Get sleep, eat well, exercise and take time with friends and family. Find something that helps you manage stress. This could be a yoga session, time out with friends or a regular walk after finishing a shift. Proactively having a plan for self-care can help to reduce the risk of burnout.

Although these general guidelines help, each position and situation are unique. Find a way to mold these tips to best fit your needs.

Is there anything else I should know?

It is also important to be familiar with the state nursing board. In Texas, the Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for the issuance of your nursing license as well as disciplinary action in the event of misconduct. One of your first interactions is likely to get a license to practice in that state. The Texas Board of Nursing provides an online application process for initial licensure and license renewal.

Any other interactions could occur if the board receives complaints and investigates. In these situations, it is a good idea to reach out to legal counsel to have an advocate on your side to guide you through the process and provide representation if necessary.

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