How I Became a Better Nurse

IMG_20150926_065830Switching from a full time to a PRN position.

When I decided to go PRN I was tired, stressed everyday at work and upset because I couldn’t see my husband that much due to his work schedule. I think all nurses can agree that our mood and energy can have the greatest effect on how well we do our job and needless to say, I was cranky and burnt out. Once I went PRN I wasn’t there as much, so I was much happier. I had energy and was able to enjoy my job and my patients more. I didn’t have to deal with the drama of the unit and the best part was that I get to choose how much I work and when I work.

Going PRN also helped me become a better nurse because I was forced to float more and get outside of my comfort zone, therefore expanding my knowledge and nursing abilities. I learned different patient management strategies and techniques and developed even more of a confidence as a nurse because I became a little more well rounded.

Getting a PRN job at a Skilled Nursing Facility.

I decided to get another PRN job to fill in the gaps that I had when I didn’t work at the hospital. A skilled nursing facility is a completely different environment than an ICU but I learned so much while I was there. I became better at skills (because it was a do or die situation and you really had no back up), assessment, delegation (and this is hard because we ICU nurses know we like to do everything ourselves) and resident family management.

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Experience…

Okay so obviously experience helps you become a better nurse but I just had to throw this one in there because I don’t think people understand…I used to have anxiety attacks in my driveway before pulling out to go to work! And then the whole time at work I would be so scared that I would give the wrong med and not notice the right thing and hurt my patient, so I probably wasn’t providing the best care I could’ve been. What a big difference now! Now I feel pretty confident taking just about any patient and know that I will be able to provide them with great care.

Graduate School…

I would really say any type of extra education that you seek could help you become a better nurse (certifications). Having that extra knowledge gives you a little more insight on a patient’s disease process and how to better treat them, therefore giving you more confidence as a nurse because you actually know what you’re talking about ;).

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2 responses to “How I Became a Better Nurse

  1. Oh my gosh, I thought with all the nursing programs that popped all over the place in the last decade would create relief for nurses. Being that there were more to go around. I got anxiety reading this myself because it reminded me of my dental/or thi assistant experience. It’s good that you found better ways to enjoy your job. Everyone should be able to enjoy their job. Good for you.

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