Once you graduate from nursing school and become a board-certified nurse practitioner, you may want to do all that you can to prove your worth at your new workplace.
Although it's good to be determined, especially in the healthcare industry, it's important to be aware of the common pitfalls new nurse practitioners may face in order to avoid them.
3 Mistakes To Avoid As A New Nurse Practitioner
In 2016, there were just under 3 million registered nurses. In 2017, that number increased to 3.3 million.
It's no question nursing is a popular career. To help you keep up with the competition, here are three of the most common pitfalls new nurse practitioners face and what you can do to avoid them.
- Isolating yourself. It's all too easy to isolate yourself as a new nurse practitioner. The people you work with in your office may rush from room to room throughout the day and, on some occasions, you may not see some of your co-workers at all. For this reason, take the time to intentionally network with your co-workers. Get to know their names and acknowledge their presence. This helps to keep you out of isolation and also makes interactions that much less awkward.
- Leaving your door open during your lunch hour. Your lunch break is something you need to protect in the healthcare industry. It can be tempting to leave your door open to help out co-workers or to catch up on your charting. But your lunch break is your time to recharge. Don't give it away.
- Choosing to use everyday clinical bags. Typical clinical bags can look dull, not to mention they often don't keep your equipment organized. The last thing you want to do when you're trying to make a good impression on your new job is to have to search for your medical equipment in an oversized gym bag. Try for medical equipment that's designed specifically for the organization of your equipment. And, while you're at it, treat yourself by looking for something fashionable.