June 28, 2018
How to fit in on your new job shares tips on getting along with your co-workers at a new job. Much has been said about how people should treat a new employee but not a lot as to how that new employee should adapt.
Not to worry, here are tips to help
- Be Friendly: At a new job, you want to make sure that you are personable and friendly with everyone you meet. Don’t set out to ruffle any feathers.
- Be Respectful: Your co-workers have been there longer than you have so give that respect of probably understanding the job’s culture better than you do.
- Be Mindful: For this, you would need to have emotional intelligence to understand how your actions and/or non-reactions may be perceived by your co-workers. While you do not want to come across as pretentious, you want to make sure that you are not sending out unintentional negative vibes
- Ask Questions: It is commonly said that you never get lost asking questions and that is correct. So ask questions! If you don’t understand, it is okay to ask questions for clarity and to avoid confusion down the line.
- Keep an Open Mind: Do not go in with preconceived notions about what should happen. Every job, dynamic and relationships are different. So while it is okay to have certain job expectations, don’t expect to see everything follow set paths that you may have known. Keep an open mind and learn new things
- Don’t engage in Gossip: You’re the newbie here.While engaging in gossip may sometimes be tempting, don’t do it. Being a gossip reflects badly on you and though you may not know it, people are watching
Lastly, relax and enjoy your new job. Let the new adventure take you somewhere you have not been before and make it a point to learn something from this job.
June 27, 2018
How to make your nurses happy provides simple steps on what to do to keep happy nurses and in turn, happy patients
- Listen to Your Nurses– Understand that your nurses thrive when you listen to their opinions. You may not be able to act upon every opinion that is given but at least you give them a chance to be heard, which is what 99.9% of nurses want.
2. Treat Every Nurse Fairly: Every nurse deserves to be treated fairly whether or not you agree with what is being said. You may not realize it, but once in a position of leadership (or not), people are very observant of what you do or do not do. Make it a habit to be fair to all your nurses.
3. Treat Every Nurse with Respect: Fairness and respect go hand in hand. When you are fair to your nurses, you automatically want to treat them with respect. Respect is an emotional feeling, a sense of self that every one has. You show you respect nurses, through your interactions and the enforcement of the policies that you have in place.
June 22, 2018
Working with Millennials
In 2016, millennials composed a third of the workforce in the US, making it the largest generation in the labor force today. With ages ranging from 21 to 36 in 2017, millennials are starting to take on leadership roles, as well.
So much has been said about this generation, especially by the ones that came before it, in terms of work ethics, values, and belief system. Millennials grew up at a time of 24-hour news, exposing them to events from all over the world, and as they entered the new millennium, they witnessed the 9/11 tragedy; and then later on, were taken to the information age and technological revolutions. All these contribute to this generation’s different worldview and multifaceted set of beliefs.
Indeed, it can pose a great a challenge for organizations, which are still predominantly led by baby boomers, to manage such a complex group of individuals. In dealing with millennial workers, one must understand this generation and how they are different or even similar to the others.
Millennials appreciate regular feedback, and this comes from their need for constant growth and learning. They feel more valued when they get feedback from their superior – whether positive or negative. Since they grew up with high expectations from older generations, millennials also want praise and encouragement for them to have a sense of progress and importance; but above all, millennials prefer managers who are transparent and dependable and whose practices are fair and ethical.
Working with Teams
While millennials have a good sense of their individuality, they work well in groups. Evidence has shown that millennials believe that business decisions are better made when there is a variety of input provided by individuals. However, the study also showed that this belief is not at all unique in millennials as Gen X employees equally believe the same.
Millennials value work-life balance for they know that it is beneficial to their mental health. Across all generations, mental health must be top priority in the workplace. A surveysuggests that millennials felt more stressed and under pressure than their baby boomer counterparts, and this is due to factors such as low pay rates and high entry-level workloads.
Being Challenged and Embracing Change
Being the most educated generation to date, millennials are always up for challenges and are ready to take on changes within the organization, provided that they are shown transparency and inclusion in the decision-making.
Integrity and Ethics of the Business
A survey conducted on millennials showed that they put much value on how businesses put their employees first, as well as their solid foundation of trust and integrity. Employee satisfaction and fair treatment ranked number one among values that millennials look for in a business, while ethics, trust, integrity, and honesty came in close second. The Department of Labor implements more than 180 labor laws, covering various workplace activities for millions of employers and workers. These labor laws cover employees’ wages and hours, compensation and benefits, workplace safety, among others. Millennials are particular with the ethical and legal practices of organizations they associate with, so they put prime consideration on this aspect.
In valuing an organization, millennials look for authenticity and meaning. They go for companies that hold the same values as they do, and rally around the causes they feel strongly for. A study found that millennials look for reputation-related attributes in businesses when looking for jobs. These attributes include caring about employees, environmental sustainability, community relations, and ethical products and services.
As millennials continue to saturate the workforce, as well as the consumer market, businesses must be more adept in the millennial belief system and workplace behavior. Any organization can benefit from knowing their employees well and creating an environment that best suits their employees’ strengths and potentials. Good employees make good leaders, and millennials will soon take the majority of the business leadership seats. It is then optimal to master the art of dealing with the millennial worker.
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June 21, 2018
Suicide and nursing are very rarely said in the same sentence. Burned out doctors choose suicide as a way out; burned out nurses just quit!
You see, nurses see quitting differently- they see quitting as a way of regaining sense of self; physicians more often times see quitting as failure. It is not! This mindset needs to be changed.
Quitting is NOT always failure though society has programmed us to see it that way. Rather quitting should be seen as an individual mentally recognizing that a situation is beyond their mental, physical or emotional capabilities to cope and hence they CHOOSE to quit.
When nurses get burned out, they think of a way out- whether trying another specialty or aspect of nursing or just leaving nursing profession completely. They do not automatically think suicide.
June 21, 2018
Help precepting an older nurse! I recently came across your website and wanted to share my story. I am currently precepting an older nurse who is a recent graduate and it is no fun.
I started out on being her preceptor with an open mind and willing to show her the ropes. I am younger but have been a nurse for several years, at least much longer than my new orientee has been, which is zero!
I am mindful of the age gap and always respectful and professional in my communication with her as well as my co-workers.
This is a career change for her and I constantly get the feeling of being talked down to. An example of this is, the other day, I went to show her how to perform a new procedure and she completely shut me down saying, “I don’t need to know this right now, you can show me later.”
I was quite shocked and upset! This is a new orientee who should simply be learning the ropes and can do what she wants later. My co-workers think she is a PITA and I am beginning to think so too.
My supervisor asked me how things are going and I tell her, “very well”. I am wondering if I shouldn’t mention it to her because if this new orientee has a problem dealing with me because I am younger, she will definitely have problems on our unit as everyone is almost as young as I am.