Advice for Newbies to the Profession

Speaking of new nurses, has gathered advice to newbies from the field and distilled what they learned to an easy-to-digest top 10 list. Some of those tips are tp always do what is best for the patient, take your time and slow down, and prepare to be on your own a lot. Oh, and don’t forget to take care of yourself, in addition to caring for the patient. “I would encourage each and every new nurse to take care of themselves by eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep and exercise,” says Emily Buckley, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse in Colorado Springs, Colo. “This is an extremely emotional job, and if I didn’t learn how to take care of myself early on, I would not be near the nurse I am today.”

Boosting Millennial Nurse Retention

Retaining millennial nurses is a challenge that nurse leaders across the country are trying to figure out. More than 26 percent of new RNs leave their first job within the first 25 months, nurse and writer Jennifer Thew notes in a piece for HealthLeaders Media. But, perhaps, harnessing millennials' “drive to make a difference” could help to turn those numbers around and give fledgling RNs a reason to stay with their first organization a little longer. “Perhaps an opportunity to work at an organization that helps improve the health of patient populations who are dealing with poverty, poor health incomes, unemployment or are part of an immigrant population could be attractive to a millennial nurse,” she writes.

Poll Shows Anxieties About Delivering Bad News

Delivering bad news to patients and families is one of the toughest parts of working as a nurse or physician and, according to a recent Medscape Medical News poll, half of physicians (51 percent) and more than two in five nurses and advanced practice nurses (44 percent) claim to have delayed giving bad news to patients. The question was opened to Medscape readers in September and received 470 responses; 145 were from nurses/APNs, and 222 were from physicians. Also noteworthy is that anxiety was reported as the top emotion felt by physicians and nurses in describing their experience when delivering bad news. Frustration and failure were the next-highest reported emotions felt with 32 percent of nurses reporting feelings of frustration and 27 percent experiencing feelings of failure.