When you’re just starting out, it can be tough to know who to listen to and what advice is actually relevant to you. So we asked our Facebook fans for the number-one thing they’ve learned on the job as nurses. Check out their smart, funny and inspiring responses—then let us know what you’d add to the list.
The top 10 things you’ve learned on the job
1. Never pass up an opportunity to eat or pee.
—Sylvia Moose Garza
2. You can have a nurse title if you pass state boards, but you can only be a real nurse by having empathy, compassion and treating your patients as individuals—not room numbers or bed numbers. They are humans with their own souls.
3. If it’s open, it could squirt.
—Melissa Thomas Goodson
4. Never underestimate the value of listening to a patient and their troubles for a few minutes. Sometimes your ear can make all the difference in somebody’s day, year, situation or sleepless night.
5. Nursing is 10 percent skill and 90 percent communication.
—Becky Peters Lay
6. Stay calm and don’t panic—98 percent of what you do can’t kill or hurt anyone (I got this piece of advice from a 35-year vet nurse who was my proctor on my first day!).
—Anne Marie Dzmura
7. Never, never, ever assume ANYTHING!
8. A little teamwork goes a long way!
—Kacy Elisha Holland
9. Always be an advocate. Never be afraid to speak up for your patients’ best interest!
10. Don’t take life for granted. Stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the simple things, like the ability to take a shower or the human touch.
—Kendra Ringuette Jenkins
What’s the number-one lesson you’ve learned as a nurse?