Advice for new grad RN working Med Surg

As the title suggests, I'm a new grad RN recently hired on a med surg unit at a large teaching hospital on the east coast. I was wondering if you had any general advice for a new nurse starting out?

Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN's avatar image.

Firstly welcome to the nursing profession . My advice is to never do anything you do not feel confident to do - even if you feel silly asking a question. Protecting your patients and your future career is really important. Look up terms and medications you don't know- you will be suprised how quickly your knowledge will grow. Take the time each day to reflect on what worked well and what didn't. The most common challenges faced by new graduates is time management. Making lists and prioritising can be useful. Taking the time to have adequate sleep and nutrition is also important- poor sleep is linked to poor performance. We all make mistakes so if you do let your supervisors know as soon as possible. Also seeking out a mentor is really important and sometimes it takes a while to find someone you have a connection with- but keep looking. Have fun and take care of yourself!