New Nurse's Survival Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-11
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education / Medical

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Your transition from nursing student to practicing nurse begins here! Packed with real-life examples and indispensable advice from novice nurses and staff development experts, New Nurse's Survival Guideis the single best book available on how to get the job you want and become the nurse you aspire to be after you graduate from nursing school. You'll learn exactly what you must know and do in order to stand out from all the other new graduates and make yourself irresistible to employers -- in even the most challenging job market. And you'll find out what it really takes to thrive, not just survive during your first year on the job. Land a great job in any economy by learning: What you can do to gain on-the-job experience while you are still in school How to prepare for your job search, interview, and orientation What hospitals are looking for and what you need to bring to the table How you can demonstrate that you are a nurse that takes the initiative How you can base your student practice on evidence How to demonstrate leadership to potential employers

Author Biography

Genevieve Chandler, PhD, RN, is the Director of Second Bachelor's Program, and a Distinguished Teacher Award-winner at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A nationally-known expert on nurse journaling, Dr. Chandler is a highly-recruited speaker on the power of personal clinical stories to positively affect onen++s self and others.

..Martha Griffin, PhD, RN, is known as a national speaker and expert on integrating newly licensed nurses into an acute care setting. Currently she is Program Coordinator for Nursing Professional Development at Brigham And Womenn++s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Griffin is.adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Northeastern Universityn++s Bouve College of Health Science, and an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Rhode Island.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
How to Use This Bookp. xvii
The Dreamp. 1
But First: Take a Break!p. 3
Conclusionp. 12
The Realityp. 15
Taking the Leap from Student to Nursep. 15
From Ending to Beginningp. 22
What You Need to Knowp. 22
What You Are Expected to Bring with Youp. 23
Transitionp. 25
Interest in Education?p. 28
Conclusionp. 29
Getting a Nursing Jobp. 31
Communicating Clearly through Your Resume and Cover Letterp. 33
Submitting Applicationsp. 35
Interviewingp. 40
Nursing Career Fairsp. 44
Your Own Career Developmentp. 45
You Are Your Most Invested Career Plannerp. 46
Conclusionp. 46
Triage and Priority Settingp. 49
What Is Triage?p. 49
When Do You Perform Triage?p. 50
What Are Some Triage Systems?p. 50
How Do You Set Priorities Using Triage Systems?p. 51
How Do You Get Enough Information to Prioritize Adequately?p. 54
The Importance of Accurate, Timely Vital Signsp. 57
Pain and Where It Figures Inp. 58
Patient Safetyp. 69
I'm So Worried I'll Make a Mistake!p. 70
What Are the Most Common Errors?p. 72
What Can I Do to Keep My Patients Safe?p. 74
Future Directions: Thoughts from Students and Practicing Nursesp. 77
Some Final Thoughts and Advice from Nurses on Safetyp. 78
Ask Yourself These Questionsp. 78
Bondingp. 81
Feeling Like One of the Gangp. 82
Residency Programs: What Are They?p. 87
The Preceptor Relationship Is Keyp. 91
What If There Is No Connectionp. 96
Conclusionp. 97
Culturep. 99
Culture of Connectionp. 101
Culture of Inquiryp. 110
A Culture of Quality of Life: Yours!p. 114
The Negative Culturep. 117
Conclusionp. 121
The Journeyp. 123
Final Wordsp. 144
Conclusionp. 145
One Year Outp. 147
Conclusionp. 160
Where to Next?p. 161
Clinical Laddersp. 162
Certificationp. 163
Advanced Practice Registered Nursep. 165
Conclusionp. 175
Appendixp. 177
Indexp. 179
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