Some people dread getting up in the morning and putting on their nurse scrubs. Nursing is a tiresome and, too often thankless job. Here are some tips to keep you doing your job to the best of your ability.
- Look like a professional. Avoid nursing scrubs that make you look ridiculous. Standard nursing scrubs are a bit dull though. You can jazz them up by buying a set that has a fun pattern but avoid looking like a kid’s show threw up on you. When an actual kid throws up on you it won’t be a difficult decision to throw them away. It will happen. It’s just a matter of time.
- Always behave like a professional. Don’t let any patient get to you and never lose your temper. This is the most important tip I can give you. The patients are scared, sick and confused. You need to be professional and well rooted so they can freak out and rely on you. The more professional you are the more they will trust you as well.
- Keep some extra scrubs and nursing shoes in your locker. I can guarantee you that your nursing scrubs and sneakers are going to get ruined with someone else’s bodily fluids at some point but if you are running late and don’t have time to change you will always have a set of nursing scrubs and shoes ready and waiting.
- Be honest with your patients. Telling a little kid that a shot isn’t going to hurt is fine. They’ll get over it. But you don’t want to ever lie to a patient about anything. You need to be honest or you need to direct them to the doctor. If you really don’t know something, just admit it. It’s much better than giving false advice.
- Never judge the lifestyles, decisions or choices of your patients. You are only there to help them heal and get better. All patients are equal. Leave your personal opinion at the door. They need your help. Not you’re your judgment.