The New Nurse basics: Introduce self. Discuss the goal for the day. Address concerns.
1. Introduce self
Patients and co-workers will work with you better when they know who to contact. Memorizing their names will be golden.
2. Discuss the goal for the day
Mental preparation is key. Patients will be ready for the next step. Co-workers can plan their time.
3. Address concerns
If time allows, address it yourself. If not, delegate to ancillary staff.
Pain? Medications? Sleeping or breathing issue? Family questions?
Try to solve concerns on your own. If there is any doubt, ask the charge nurse or nurse educator. If necessary, escalate the concern to the appropriate person.