4 Tips for Starting a New Nursing Job with the Right Foot

For some people, starting a new job can be tense and this feeling is also experienced by some new nurses who want to start their nursing jobs. Some may worry that they will fail their first impression, some worry for other things. To help you handle your first work experience, we present some advice that can help you steer clear of potential missteps and ensure you have a smooth transition at work.

Learn More from Your Mentor

When you have to spend your time by working closely with your assigned mentor, make sure you learn much about her wisdom. Sometimes, mismatches may occur and you will do all the best that you can to settle it down, but if you aren’t hitting it off, you can ask to the unit manager for  a new mentor. Once formal mentoring ends, seek out informal mentors. When the mentoring time is over, that doesn’t mean that you are also over with learning, as you can always seek out for informal mentors. For example, you can look for seasoned nurses willing to teach you their experience.

Bond with Your Team

Socialization is also important as you have to get to know your coworkers. You can build a good will by offering help to other colleagues when they are in need. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out for lunch or send birthday cards, but at least find out about people and help them anytime you can. Blending in with other co-workers is important, since becoming a new nurse will put you in a risk of being dumped on, so try to bond with your team.

Stay Out of the Dirt

When you are new and trying to fit in, there is a high tendency for you to catch up in unhealthy dynamics. To avoid this, you need to step back and assess the situation and develop an appropriate professional response. To have positive attitude, you can ask yourself, “is there a better way we can handle this?” or say, “this is what I’m hearing.” Those questions can help you reflect on what is happening.

Set Priorities

Every nurse knows that nursing jobs can be overwhelming and demanding at the same time. In this situation, you have to decide which jobs to take care first when you are in the most critical situation. To learn about how to delegate tasks, you can ask the senior people on the floor how they handle a situation or troubleshoot with management. Usually, as a new employee, you will have a clearer vision of what is going on, but you have to find the right attitude to convey your opinion.

It is normal to worry when you have to enter a new situation, but with some knowledge and preparations, you surely can pass it well. So, remember the tips above and apply those tips whenever you have to deal with a new medical field.

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Learn About these 3 Job Search Tips and Why You Should Reconsider Before Acting on Them

Nowadays, with the help of technology, you can easily obtain plenty of nursing jobs and nursing resume advices. However, you should be wise in selecting the advices, since some advices may be horrible. In the following points, we serve you with 3 nursing job search tips that we consider as not really advisable. Of course, there are more than 3 tips that you might find it strange, but these 3 are the most common ones. If you are going to make your nursing resume, we suggest that you read the following points before making a resume.

  1. Don’t include your Nursing License Number on Your Resume

Some resources say that it is not necessary to include your nursing license number on your resume, since people can easily steal for identity thieves. However, at the same time, many healthcare employers require every candidate to apply for jobs through sophisticated applicant tracking systems that require candidates to enter their license numbers, social security numbers and other personally identifiable information. So, if you don’t put any license numbers, there will be high possibilities that they will miss your resume, as finding your license number on your state’s BON isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

  1. Don’t Include Your GPA on Your Resume

Academic performance or GPA is one of many predictors of competency, so showing your GPA score is surely a good idea. However, some sources say that nobody will ask your GPA during your interview. This is true, but just because nobody has ever asked about your GPA, doesn’t mean that it’s not a consideration. In fact, in most cases, GPA is used as a decision factor in determining who gets the interview, although high GPA doesn’t guarantee your capabilities as a nurse. However, by displaying your high GPA, you are demonstrating that you might be the candidate they are looking for. The bottom line is your GPA cannot help you pass on your resume. However, someone might pass on your resume if you didn’t.

  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Have you ever heard articles suggesting that you create a simple plain resume that states who you are and what positions you’ve held, since most HR recruiters are more interested in how you interact face-to-face. This statement is not all wrong, but there will be so many resumes that are applied, so to make it stand out from the rest, you have to learn about writing for a great resume, of which nowadays there are lots of resources for great standard formatting. The truth is it is important to take the time to review the job posting and employer in order to tailor your resume for the specific position and include your relevant accomplishments, details and quantified results. However, finding a great resume format will help your resume stand out from the rest.

It’s important to note that we don’t list articles that give the advices above as totally bad career advices, but we see it in different perspectives. Therefore, we do hope that readers can select the perspective that will help them achieve their goals and not the opposite.

5 Great Things Only a Single Nurse Can Experience

As a single nurse, you surely ever feel lonely, especially in Valentine’s day where your co-workers are away from their nursing jobs and getting flowers and gifts from their husbands, wives, or partners. However, what you have to know is that being single is not always bad. In fact, many single nurse are happy with their lives because of they have lots of time to focus on themselves. Below are some things that you can experience and you should be grateful about.

  • You’re in charge of your own happiness and contentment

It is obvious that being a single nurse will give you freedom but also a full of responsibility for your own well-being. This situation is like a challenge yet also a blessing at the same time. You can express yourself and make friends to anyone without have to worry about your partner’s feelings.

In a relationship people tend to dependent on their partner while single people tend to focus on “approach goals” rather than “avoidance goals”. This is why single nurse seems to be more proactive, seeking out the things they want in life.

  • No Worry about Conflict and Confrontation with Partner

It seems like conflict is part of any relationships, even the healthiest one. Conflict rises when there is a disagreement that followed by unexpected reaction. Arguments with your partner can exhaust your feeling and energy. But, as a single nurse, you certainly don’t have to argue with your partners.

  • Focus on Your Career

Being single will allow you to pursue your career choices without any constraints. No wonder, singles tend to be more fulfilled in their job, valuing job satisfaction more highly than their married peers. Furthermore, as a nurse, unusual shift is certainly not a big problem for you; this will surely produce you with more benefit later.

  • Create Your Own Routine

Your life is in your hand, you owe nothing to anybody. So, create your own schedule just your own. You can decide how you want to spend your time.

  • You’re More Centered with a Stronger Sense of Self

Single people who know what they want in life are usually not afraid to do what it takes to reach their goals. This makes them very open minded to every possibility and are able to seize the day and live your life the way you want to.

We cannot control our circumstances, but one thing for sure; we can always control our feelings. Whether you are single by choice or by condition, the important thing is to be grateful for your present condition and be thankful for the job and many things you have received in life.

Hospital vs. Private Practice: Which Job to Take?

When it comes to working style, each person surely has its own style. This also works the same for physicians, some prefer working in a hospital, some prefer in a private practice. If you are a physician, does this thought ever cross your mind? If yes, it requires considerable thought before making a decision. Below are some things to consider before choosing the right one for you.

Working in a Hospital

The greatest benefit that any physicians can have when working in a hospital is a steady, consistent paycheck. This is because physicians at hospitals will get paid the same amount of money no matter how many patients they see. This will surely have effect on how they treat patient where they can spend more time with each patient rather than rushing from one to the next.

Another benefit is that you can focus only on helping patients, since in a hospital; clinicians don’t need to worry about administrative tasks because those jobs are handled by a dedicated administrative team.

Working in a Private Practice

Even though working in hospital may offer you with many benefits, many also find working for an established private practice or founding a new group is much more interesting. It can provide physicians a greater control over how they care for their patients. This is something that surely a physician who works in a hospital cannot obtain since they must commit to following established guidelines and policies. Furthermore, private practices will also provide you with the advantage of choosing the treatment options they feel best suit each particular case. As a result, experienced clinicians may value this freedom which allows them to set expectations and focus on aspects of care that they are most interested in. However, you will also have to add and involve in some other medical fields, such as staffing and hiring decisions.

To help you see the difference easier, we provide you with short description of positives and negatives between the two:

Hospitals:

  • Pro: Salary stability
  • Pro: Fewer administrative headaches
  • Con: Less control over treatment options
  • Con: No control over hiring decisions

Private Practice:

  • Pro: Freedom to choose care options
  • Pro: Have a voice in day-to-day business operation
  • Con: Salary can be unstable
  • Con: Is not only focused on patient care

At the end of the day, either working in hospital or working privately will surely have its own positivity and negativity. We cannot deny that the more benefits we can get, the more responsibility we should have. The important thing is, you should carefully consider about which job sounds more appealing to you.

 

Tips to Reduce Medical Errors in a Hospital

Medical error is something that every hospital avoids the most as it may harm patients or even cause death. If this happens, some may even face lawsuits in the event when the patient’s family decides to pursue legal action for negligence. This shows that medical errors can cause fatal problems, for the hospital’s budget and reputation can be directly affected in all these scenarios. Therefore, as a person who works in medical field, you have to know some ways to reduce medical errors as follows:

Why Medical Errors Occur

Adverse effects are usually occurred as a result of only two major concerns, device factor and human factor.

Device Factor

Not all devices are well made, sometimes the quality of the device is considered as poor, which may lead to a handful of often innocuous errors.

Human Factor

On the other hand, there are more reasons that can cause human factor, such as fatigue, stress, insufficient training, and memory concerns. Errors related to retention most often occur with the use of high-risk, low-use medical devices. This can occur when people do not use the equipment frequently. Stress and fatigue may cause blunders at work since it affects cognitive function.

Other factor, such as poor lighting can also cause a hospital staff to misread instructions and misinterpret data.

How to Address Medical Errors

When the medical errors are related to faulty functionality or program, it must be redirected at the manufacturer level through government intervention, with the cooperation of hospitals, as well as staff, while food and drug administration (FDA) ensures patient safety by assigning strict guidelines to manufacturers of medical devices, so any medical devices should follow the FDA standard. This standard will ensure the medical devices include reliability, safety, functionality, efficiency, and ergonomic design.

As for the human factors, you can address it by using various means, such as follows:

Stress and Fatigue

Medical job is well-known for its stressful shifts that last for 12 hours or more per day. Consequently, people who work in this industry is expected to deal with stress on a personal level so it doesn’t affect their performance. Other solution is to make sure that each member doesn’t obtain too overload scheduling. Besides, each member should get enough holidays and vacation time.

Insufficient Training

Usually when there is a new technology introduced into the hospital, training will be given to ensure that everyone knows how to properly use devices and complete procedures. To prevent the insufficient training, your given training should cover these specific points:

  • Benefits of the device for patients, medical practitioners and the facility itself
  • Proper usage of the device
  • Comparison with related items or materials
  • Manufacturer’s specific instructions, which include labels, warnings, expiration dates, contraindications and possible complications or concerns when product is mishandled

Training Challenges

Organizing training is not a piece of cake; there are many things that should be considered when you want to accommodate training session. For instance, you have to decide the amount of employees that you want to train in one time, since blocking time to accommodate training sessions for several employees can affect staffing, but limiting the number of trainees per block time can be expensive, due to the increased use of conference rooms and audio/visual materials.

In the end, nobody expects when medical error will happen; therefore, in order to reduce the possibility of medical error, training is given to educate medical staff about how to nurse patient and use medical equipment with the right standard. Hopefully, by reading the article above, you can minimize any medical errors that may happen in the future.