Things I learned as a new graduate nurse, and other stuff they don’t teach you in Nursing School
We all had to start somewhere! No matter what kind of job you have, at one point you were the newbie. You got picked on. You made mistakes. You might have looked like an idiot every now and then. It’s funny to look back and reminisce about all the ridiculous things I did as a new graduate nurse, and I don’t want to be the only one laughing at myself. It’s crazy to think that I have been an Emergency Room Nurse for 4 years. Where has the time gone? Anyway, here are some of the things I picked up a long the way:
1. NEVER give Beta-Blockers to a patient before they go for a stress test.
2. NEVER forget to disclose to the doctor that the patient had a run of V-tach!
3. ALWAYS have extra gauze when starting an IV to avoid a bloody mess, and so the patient doesn’t KNOW you are a new grad.
4. ALWAYS carry an extra 22 gauge IV needle in your pocket…..just in case you blow that 20 that you said you could nail with your eyes closed.
5. NEVER believe the patient when they say they just had a seizure while at the park… and they just happened to have an x-ray of their broken ribs that they would now like pain medication for.
6. ALWAYS pick up a patient’s hand above their face to see where it will fall if you think they are faking a seizure.
7. ALWAYS make sure that the IV piggyback is attached to the main line ABOVE the infusion pump….that way you don’t bolus the Vancomycin and give the patient Red man’s syndrome ;(
8. NEVER have a child’s parent hold them while starting an IV. That way comments from the parents such as “come on already,” or “why are you taking so long” (when it’s only been 2.5 seconds) can be avoided.
9. ALWAYS double glove when changing a patient that has diarrhea. You don’t want any accidents to happen in case your glove happens to rip when your patient is having a major blowout ;(
10. NEVER fart in the medication room if pulling up a lot of meds and anticipating that your coworkers will need to use it soon and might happen to walk-in after it smells like a garlic-skunk omelet….especially if you are the only one in the med room, making you GUILTY!
What can I say….the list goes on and on and I feel like I have barely hit the tip of the iceberg Might have to revisit this topic later!
Questions for you: What did you learn as a new grad.? Any fun stories?
Have a great day!!!