11 Mar Adaptability in a New Hospital
Written by Brian Park on 2010 09 27 in Hospitals
Working at a new hospital that you have never been to can sometimes be a daunting task. Not knowing anyone at the staffing office, or the nurse floors, can sometimes convey a very unwelcoming first impression. Being a registry nurse is tough in a hospital environment as people aren’t as willing to help you out when it comes to questions you may have with charting systems and whether or not this supervisor wants it this way, or that way.
However! There are MANY useful tips that you can take into consideration and practice when you’re at a new facility!
There will be many more tips discussed down the road, but here are the three most notable ones we are always recommending everyone to follow:
- Be ON TIME!
Punctuality makes a HUGE impression to the staffing office. Every time you’re late, you run afoul with the staffing office right away! However, if you are late, always be sure to let us know as SOON as possible. Communication is key. When you let us know, we can let the staffing office know, and they’ll at least have an answer to their supervisors and floors.
- Don’t Worry, be Happy
Attitude can also determine whether or not a hospital becomes your new home, or a one-time deal until you’re a DNR. If you’re going to be working on a busy floor, having a good attitude helps a lot. People can easily be stressed by patients, other nurses, and the workload. It’s not uncommon. But, if you’re capable of smiling and having a happy personality…truth be told; you are going to be a lot easier to work with, and your workload is a lot easier to deal with! If you’re easier to work with, and when the hospital needs someone, guess who they will think of, first. You!
- Accommodate the Workload
Sometimes, a hospital nurse will come up to you and ask if you can help them out with a patient or a case. At times, this can really mean they would like you to cover their work. This is one of the major downsides of being a registry nurse. You just have to do it, or else those hospital nurses will complain, it’s illogical. If you can follow the first two steps, this third step would be a major stepping stone for you as a registry nurse; one that would put your skills and your personality to test! If you can accommodate the work, their work, it can help a lot to remember that it’s not ALWAYS going to be like that. If it does become a repetitive situation for you, that’s where the benefit of being a registry nurse comes in; you can always opt out of that specific facility! But, if you can accommodate someone’s work, it’s a big plus; a plus that presents yourself as a willing worker, and that is also something that can ensure you more shifts per week.
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