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5 things I learned in my first month as a Registered Nurse!

Ani Burr

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It’s officially been one month since I’ve been an official, practicing, paediatric nurse!

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And while I’m still learning, here’s a list of 5 of the “gems” I’ve learned so far.

1 – Real nursing is not like nursing school – for some reason I am reminded of this every time I put on sterile gloves. In nursing school, even the simplest tasks like donning sterile gloves felt so huge because you were always under scrutiny of an instructor watching your every move. When you’re on your own just you and your preceptor, you begin to realise that you can handle those little things so much better when you’re accountable for your actions because you love your job, not because you’re trying to get an A – and THAT makes all the difference.

2 – BE PREPARED. I was a girl scout for 6 years and while none of our activities required much preparation, the rule still stands with me, and now more than ever – BE PREPARED!!!  It doesn’t hurt to carry an extra flush in your pocket with some spare caps for your tubing. It’s better than having to go in and out of your patient’s room over and over, and saves some very valuable time on a busy day!

3 – Always be thorough – If you’re charting and you’re ever not sure if you need to say something, think about it this way: If you were brought to court to defend what you did, and someone who doesn’t know anything about nursing were to read it, would they know what you did?  And then go from there.

4 – Time management isn’t something you learn in a day – it’s something you have to keep working on for your whole career. I feel like I am getting better, but there’s always something that comes your way when you least expect it. It’s all about learning to get things done efficiently and thinking one step ahead. It takes time to learn, but you get there (hopefully).

5 – You become a part of an extended family. A part of the family of nurses, a part of your patient’s family, especially for those who spend their lives in and out of the hospital. When you’re working with family, there’s  a bond you all share, and you have to learn to cherish that bond, and work with it. Because after all…. And I guess this counts as a rule number 6: You’re never alone! When things get crazy or your confused about something, remember that you have your fellow nurses there to help you out – don’t try to figure it out on your own!

There’s still a lot to learn, but I am getting there. Being a real nurse is so much different than the last 3 years in nursing school – and it’s so worth it!

Posted with permission from ScrubsMagazine.

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Hospital in China Introduces “Hover-boards” for Nurses

Ian Snug

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The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University’s College of Medicine say nurses are already walking 5,000 steps fewer.

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The hospitals say an internal study found that Doctors and Nurses were walking an average of 25,000 steps every day and has introduced the “hover-board” in a bit to reduce their workload.

Nurse Zhang Jitao explained the hospital used a simple step-tracking application on their phones to complete the study which revealed medical were taking an average of 25,000 steps a day – the majority of which were walking between patients and to the labs.

He went on to explain that by decreasing the number of steps that doctors and nurses take will allow them to allocate more energy towards treating patients.

According to the report, since the introduction of the hover-boards staff are walking 5,000 steps fewer.

Initially, introduce to their Intensive Care Unit staff at the hospital admit the sight of medical staff moving around the hospital on hoverboards is unusual, they insist it should catch on.

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Adam Kay’s Letter to the Secretary of State for Health

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Adam Kay, a former Doctor, publishes an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health calling for him to walk a mile in the shoes of a junior doctor.

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In his new book, ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor,’ the former obstetrics and gynaecology doctor writes candidly about his experiences as a junior doctor and the effect working in medicine has on both his personal and professional life.

In the open letter to The Secretary of State for Health, he said;

“Roger Fisher was a professor of law at Harvard University, who suggested back in 1981 that they should implant the American nuclear codes in the heart of a volunteer. If the President wanted to press the big red button and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then first he’d have to take a butcher’s knife and dig it out of the volunteer’s chest himself; so that he realizes what death actually means first-hand, and understands the implications of his actions. Because the President would never press the button if he had to do that.

“Similarly, you and your successor and their successors for ever more should have to work some shifts alongside junior doctors. Not the thing you already do, where a chief executive shows you round a brand-new ward that’s gleaming like a space station. No: palliate a cancer patient; watch a trauma victim have their leg amputated; deliver a dead baby. Because I defy any human being, even you, to know what the job really entails and question a single doctor’s motivation. If you knew, you would be applauding them, you’d be proud of them, you’d be humbled by them, and you’d be eternally grateful for everything they do.

“The way you treat junior doctors demonstrably doesn’t work. I strongly suggest you seek a second opinion.

If you’re interested in reading more, you can buy a copy of his book on Amazon or book tickets for his ongoing tour.

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