With medical errors being the third leading cause of death in the United States, what are some ways that we as nurses and healthcare professionals can help protect our patients from each other and a system designed to fail?
All this week I have been having similar situations pop up where a friend or colleague of mine introduces me to another coworker or someone we both know and the topic comes up of all the things I do and how on earth do I manage it all? Even yesterday as I was on a client call the conversation went to the same theme and as I described my controlled chaotic life I realized that I was not as overwhelmed as I “should be”. As a matter of fact, I don’t even feel stressed at all! (Not until I hear all the things together anyways)
A little bit about what I am currently undertaking:
- Mom to 3 boys- 2 teenagers and 1 todder-teen
- Work average of 50-60 hours a week- Charge nurse/ Assistant manager/ Unit Educator
- Podcast currently growing with my website/blog
- Writing articles for allnurses.com
- Grad School
- Speak at local events
So this week I want to talk about things I try to focus on to be the best version of myself I can be. These are simple, day to day things I practice which help keep me relaxed, focused, and feeling my best.
So you thought once you completed nursing school that was it? Surprise! Now you need to navigate orientation, residency, and your first year as a nurse all the while focusing on being a safe and competent nurse. If I had one takeaway from orientation it is this: Do not rely on others to provide your orientation experience. Be proactive, go out there, and learn!!!
Some realistic tips and suggestions for learning how to work with a nursing supervisor, having your first preceptor, and asking for help when you need it.
Also, the podcast will soon be featured on All Nurses.Com!!!