October 18, 2019

10 Survival Tips For Nurses

Congratulations on becoming a US-RN! Now that you're in your US career, here are some survival tips to transition into your new facility successfully:

  1. Find a mentor - Talk to your manager for career coaching.
  2. Ask questions - Don't be afraid to ask questions. Your manager and co-workers would rather you ask questions than to do something incorrectly. It will help you learn and perform tasks more accurately.
  3. Be a team player - Help your co-workers and show that you can collaborate and get along as a group.
  4. Don't rush - When you are stressed you might want to rush through tasks, but that can lead to increased mistakes. Take a deep breath and focus rationally.
  5. Group patient care tasks - By doing this, you will be more efficient and do less running around.
  6. Get organized - Find a system that works for you that'll help you be an efficient nurse. Ask fellow nurses what their system is and gather ideas to organize your tasks.
  7. Feed your mind healthy snacks - High-protein snacks will help you throughout the day, such as nuts or greek yogurt. Protein takes longer for the body to digest, thus it will keep you feeling fuller longer.
  8. Hydrate often - Make sure you drink enough water for your mind to think clearly.
  9. Keep learning - Read more about nursing on blogs, watching videos, etc. Your brain is always learning and you will feel more knowledgeable in your profession.
  10. Take time for yourself - We know you work hard. It is important you spend time with family, friends, or taking up a hobby. When you get back to work, you will feel rejuvenated and ready to help others.

Feel free to reach out to your IES if you have any questions.Be sure to check out more great articles in the Employee Education Center to help you succeed in your new life in the USA!

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