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Old 12-12-2009, 11:03 PM
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Default First Job? Make Your First Impression a Good One

Make Your First Impression Positive


Building rapport with co-workers is challenging at any age and any stage of your career. The first day is always the hardest.

Smile, extend a hand to greet your new co-workers, and be warm and friendly. Most of all, be yourself. Don?t try too hard, just be genuine, be who you are.

This is your chance to make a good first impression, so do all you can to demonstrate professionalism.

Older nurses typically will be more set in their routines and ways of doing things. The young new nurses come with their fresh energy and idealism, ready to change the world. The differences can be startling.

So how do you build rapport with other nurses?of all ages and backgrounds?

Be punctual. That means be ready to work when the clock strikes the start of your shift. Work your assigned shifts; don?t call in sick unless you are sick!

How you look is important. Be neat and clean, look like a professional.

Be prepared. Make sure you have a PDA or notebook, a pen that works, scissors, a pair of forceps and a penlight.

Pay attention. Learn quickly where the basic necessities are and how they work. These include the linen closet or cart, the crash cart, the medicine cart, the narcotics, the pharmacy, central supply, the kitchen, the nurses? station, and the charts.

Ask for and offer help. When you need it, don?t be afraid to ask for help. And don?t forget to offer to assist the person who helps you. Remember, if someone has to stop and help you, they might get behind in their own work.

Get your own work done and don?t leave it for the next shift to have to do. If you?re overwhelmed, speak to your supervisor and get some help early on.

Older nurses can be a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Don?t ever assume they know nothing because they went to school a hundred years ago! They usually know what you know--and how to do it better and more efficiently.

Don?t engage in gossip.Make it clear you are open-minded and will form your own opinions.

Don?t brown nose. Don?t point fingers. Take responsibility for your own actions. Be a good team player. Expect that you?ll get stuck with the worst shifts and work the most holidays until you have a little seniority.

And lose the line, ?This is the way we did it in school?
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:24 PM
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So true DG!!!! So true!
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Well said DG, great advice!
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