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Old 02-21-2008, 11:35 PM
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Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. I've seen so many nurses go crazy because little things go wrong during their shift. Just remember, you had a good day if all of your patients are still alive at the end of your shift.

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Make sure you have a healthy life outside work, lots of interests and friends. Don't let any of this go for the sake of work. As you leave the door of your workplace mentally as well as physically let go. If you start to get stressed then use mechanisms like physical exercise to help relieve it.

Accept that you are not perfect, none of us are (including those who think they are) and don't let that lack of perfection cause you worry.
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These are all great, guys!

Perhaps this will further more tips: What have you learned, since being a nurse, that you wish they had taught in school?

Sort of The Insider's Guide to Nursing: How to Figure Out Everything That You Didn't Learn in Nursing School.

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She also didn't believe me when I told her that NSTEMI stood for Non ST elevated Miocardial infarction--and had to look it up.
What did she think it stood for?
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Old people fall over, even when you are watching them. Unlike babies old people don't bounce. Don't stress over it (you will feel like crawling into a hole). Do all your neuro checks and ring the doctor.

The other is DEBRIEF DEBRIEF DEBRIEF. If you have a stressful day talk to someone, if someone dies talk about it, if you are fighting with your wife/husband/partner talk about it. It needn't be your partner, friend or workmate; just find someone to get it off your chest with.


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The other is DEBRIEF DEBRIEF DEBRIEF. If you have a stressful day talk to someone, if someone dies talk about it, if you are fighting with your wife/husband/partner talk about it. It needn't be your partner, friend or workmate; just find someone to get it off your chest with.


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Regarding the debriefing and talking...as others have also mentioned. I think it's a wonderful idea, and ImpactED Nurse has a great post about the power of reflective practice.

Debriefing and reflective practice both accomplish the goal of working the day out of your system, which is a very good thing. Reflective practice seems to be more focused on improving yourself, professionally and personally.

What else would everyone recommend to improve professionally? Besides practice...

And my brain just went blank. That's what clinicals do to you, I suppose.

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