We absolutely LOVE to see nurses giving back! This past week, Katie Duke teamed up with Dickies to share some words of encouragement/wisdom and hand out awesome gear to nursing students at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
Here are the top six pieces of advice that Katie gave the Johns Hopkins nursing students:
1. Your first job may not be your dream job. It might actually be, well, the opposite of a dream! But strive to take what you can from an unpleasant situation, build upon it and come out as an even better nurse.
2. Don’t be afraid to volunteer. If you can, work in the hospital as a volunteer or an aide while you’re finishing your program. This will help you smoothly transition into your profession as a nurse and will also help you gain invaluable patient care experience.
3. It’s okay not to have all the answers. You don’t need to have a specialty narrowed down right away. You have the rest of your career to find your niche. The best thing you can do NOW is volunteer wherever you can, shadow in various departments and use your fellow nurses as resources. Seriously, they’re there to help!
4. Life isn’t always fair. Neither is nursing. Don’t expect everything to be fair just because you are in a respected profession. Life isn’t fair. Prepare yourself now to hit some bumps in your road and to encounter some bad apples along the way. Remember, it’s how you handle your worst times that determines who you truly are.
5. Never stop learning. Knowledge is power. If you want to make positive change for our profession, then consider pursuing a higher education and getting involved in the decision-making process. We as nurses have the power to create change!
6. Mistakes. They happen. If you make one, it’s important to own up to it, learn from it and move on with your head held high.
A few lucky students even walked away with some pretty cool nursing gear…check out photos from the event below!
What are your best tips for nursing students? Do you agree with the above? Share your thoughts in the comments below!