You did it. You’ve successfully completed nursing school. You’ve survived exams, clinicals, and more all-nighters than most people can handle. Your vigorous job hunt has led you to your very first job as a nurse and you can’t wait to make your debut in the real nursing world. Keep in mind: nursing school may not have taught you everything you need to know to make your first day on the job as great as it can be. Here are a five things you should know before taking that first shift: Continue reading “5 Things New Nurses Need to Know Before Their First Shift”
It’s true. Even nurses make mistakes sometimes. Studies have shown that errors, accidents, injuries, and infections are to blame for at least 180,000 patients killed every year in American hospitals.¹ No matter the profession, it is critically important to follow rules and guidelines that are aimed at decreasing the number of preventable fatalities. We all make mistakes, but what errors do nurses make the most and how can they be avoided?