If you’re looking to break into the field of nursing, you might think that the competition is very high. After all, there are quite a few nursing jobs out there. But that’s not the case at all. In fact, the nursing job market is extremely competitive and filled with many nurses who make bad decisions when they first start out. This article will highlight some of the most common mistakes new nurses make and how it affect their career long-term. If you’re thinking about applying to be a nurse or want to improve your skills before applying, this may help you avoid making mistakes that could hurt you in the long run.
Not knowing how to ask for help
Many first-time nurses aren’t very good at asking for help. They might not know how to ask for things like how to handle a raise, how to find a mentor, or how to get help with a specific issue they’re having. The best way to ask for help is to find a resource that you can turn to when you need it. A great place to start is your local hospital. Ask the nursing staff if there’s any help they can give you and if not, what questions you should be asking. If you’re not able to find a resource where you live, there are a few online learning programs that can help new nurses learn the ropes. These programs allow you to study from home and interact with other beginning nurses who are also learning the ropes. Some of these programs are: – CNA Training International: This is an online course that offers 24/7 access to native language lessons. You can take the course from your computer or mobile device. – American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): This is the go-to resource when looking for certification or licensing information. You can access their database online or book a visit to one of their offices.
Thinking they’re all alike
There’s no one way to be a good nurse and some people do really well with some types of jobs and not so well with others. It’s completely normal to feel some combination of excitement, apprehension, and nervousness when you first start. Some people do really well with being responsible and handling a lot of direction while others thrive on being creative and making things happen. As a new nurse, you’re going to fall somewhere in the middle. You’re probably going to feel like an “all or nothing” kind of person for a while. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and it’s important to recognize them so you can build your strength from the inside out.
Working part time or too few hours per week
This is a big one. If you’re working part time or only getting a fraction of the hours you want, it could be a serious issue when you apply to jobs. You should never be allowed to apply to a job unless you can accept the schedule and hours being offered. If you’re facing a dilemma like this, it may be because you’re not being flexible enough for the job. There’s no good reason to put yourself through an interview when you don’t feel 100% ready for it.
Being afraid to ask for a promotion or teamwork training
It’s natural to be a little afraid to ask for a promotion or to ask for training that could increase your responsibility. You might be afraid you won’t be able to do the job well enough to get the promotion or get the training. But this is a big issue that can easily cause you to miss out on great opportunities because of your fear. You have to put yourself out there and be confident in what you’re good at. If you’re afraid to ask for a promotion or training, first take a look inside yourself and ask if you’re doing the things necessary for success. If you’re not sure you’re doing the things necessary for success, take some time out and ask yourself these questions: – What do I enjoy doing? – What do I think I’m good at? – How can I apply those skills to the job?
Not knowing the difference between confidential and non-confidential patient information.
This is a big one. Every time you come in contact with medical or health information, there’s a chance that someone from your healthcare team is going to have a different opinion or perspective than you do. But it’s important to know the difference between confidential and non-confidential information. Confidential information is information that you trust and allow you to keep to yourself because it’s your medical or health information. Non-confidential information can be given to anyone who asks and is typically displayed on computers or smart phone apps. If you don’t know the difference and keep seeing information that way, it could lead to big problems in the long run.
The Bottom Line
The nursing job market is very competitive and filled with many nurses who make bad choices when they first start out. Finding a job that feels like a good fit can be difficult. The best way to do this is to identify your strengths and build your portfolio of skills by working on projects that show you can do something you enjoy doing. If you have a great love for nursing and want to share that love by helping others, there are many entry-level nursing jobs out there. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how good you are, if you don’t put in the effort it won’t matter. You need to put in the time and effort to get better.