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In the mix: What you wanted to know about nursing, but were afraid to ask in school

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, October 20, 2008

by Deanna Miller, RN, MSN/Ed, HCE

You have accepted your first nursing position and will begin your orientation tomorrow. The first few days are very similar regardless of what facility you have chosen. Fire safety, HIPAA, and an array of educational modules will be presented to you. Your head will be spinning with paperwork and introductions.

Once you get through the human resources pitch and all of the other regulatory mandates, you will finally set foot on your unit. Although you will be linked to the hip of a preceptor for an agreed upon length of time, there are four valuable pieces of information you should obtain immediately:

  • How to call a code blue
  • The direct phone number and beeper number of the nursing supervisor
  • The direct phone number and beeper number for your manager
  • How to call out if you are ill

By asking for this information, you will show that you are conscientious, but you will also feel a little more secure just in case ...

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