“Your Best Nursing Tip” Contest – Win $150 Book Voucher

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easter_basket_sxc-thea0211It’s Easter Time! To celebrate this season, Nurse Uncut is running the “Best Nursing Tip” contest. Read on to find out more….

THE CONTEST

Have you ever received or read a great tip that helped you in your life as a student nurse and/or as a professional? Did you ever come across a wonderful way for studying nursing or working well at your nursing job?

If you have such a tip, then please make sure to share them right here. Just share your “best nursing tips” in the comments section below and you will get an entry in to this contest.

Some sample tips include:

  • Always keep a small notepad and pen with you. This will save you a lot of time and headache remembering details, patient names, prescriptions, and so on.”
  • “Don’t let your nurse supervisor hold your hand at all times! Even if you’re scared and you haven’t done something before, just go and jump in.”

You can enter as many tips as you want!

WHO CAN JOIN:

This contest is open to all Australian citizens – nurses or not. All you need to do is to sign up here at Nurse Uncut and leave a comment.
HOW TO WIN:

All comments with tips will be considered for the prize. The Nurse Uncut Content and Editorial Team will choose the Top 5, and the winners will be drawn randomly from the favourite tips.

THE PRIZES:

Grand Prize: $150 Book Voucher from Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com.au/). You can purchase anything you want from the publisher using that voucher.

Runner-Up: A free perfume!

DEADLINE:

This contest runs from today, 1st April to 15th April, 12 MN, Sydney/NSW time. The winner will be announced shortly after.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Always document with a courtroom in mind. Your notes must exactly reflect the care given to that patient on that shift because you will not remember the details or even the patient in a week’s time much less in years to come if you are required to attend a court hearing about that shift.

  2. Useful Tips for Nursing Keep your bad attitude at home. Whatever worries you have there, don’t bring them to work – patients and your colleagues are sick or busy enough to not have to put up with your tales of woe. A positive attitude cures more ills than a bad one. “He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge” ; and also : “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. –Voltaire” ; “To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. -Henry Ward Beecher” – say something about this. “Never go to work unless you are going to have a great Day!” – Bernhard Racz (me!). Work is an enjoyment, where you are paid to have a great time. There can be no stress if you actually enjoy your work.

  3. Best Nursing Tip Survive Night Shift ! – we all know the strains on our safety (more than health, though they are both connected once you run into that tree!) – Before you leave, grab a cup of ICE CUBES from the ice machine ( most hospitals should have one) – if not , be nice, stop at McDonalds asap after the night shift, or a pub! – and get a cup of ice. – The MOMENT you feel your eyes tire, suck on an ice cube – you will “WAKE UP” almost immediately! – and take an ice cube to suck on while you drive whenever you get that “my brain wants to die” feeling – you will be so alert you actually remember the entire trip home. I have used this system for years, and recommended it to dozens of people, from nurses to police, musicians, truckies. Remember that you do NOT have to be tired to get a microsleep – the ‘flickering’ of the light through the trees, or a boring bit of road, will do it to you – it’s called mesmerism. Tell your kids and spuses about this, unless you want them to be killed by you one day. Let them give you the ice cubes – they’ll see your eyes tire, or notice you swerving, while you claim you ‘avoided hitting a bunny’ or some other lame excuse.Is there a study of how many night nurses had acccidents and/or died on the way home after a shift? With the ice, they’d be here now. Choose your future – and so cheap to implement, and easy to try and disprove, so I challenge you – try it and respond.

  4. Best Nursing Tip – Invest time in your nursing students. This is one of those situations where the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Spending time showing students how to do the job and understanding it will allow them to grow and develop as a nurse much faster than if they just tag along. Getting your student up to speed will give you someone who can help you with your workload as well as giving them the knowledge they require. It is also an opportunity to influence the next generation of nurses with your nursing values. Remember, one day they may be caring for you!

  5. Wow there are so many tips that are of value,however the best one at the moment that I think of everyday is to look after yourself first.Eat properly and have rest,as one of the biggest problems in nursing is ‘burnout’.Do not skip breaks and keep up your fluids……..I wish I had someone tell me this a long time ago.

    • It is sad that it took me 30 years to realise that nursing training is organised via a pharmaceutical-controlled approach. Thus, we are brainwashed into the untruth about health. Surgery and drugs should never be needed except for emergency cases. Learn proper nutrition first ( and never from a dietitian!) and you will live longer. Most medicine is a lie. Doctors are never taught about health, only about disease. They rarely ever get rid of the disease, and once they put the patient on ‘tablets’ ( for which they are $ub$idi$ed !) the patient is on a rollercoaster ride to death…

      • Great to see you state this. I agree totally and I am glad it didn’t take me 30 years to realise. I just wish the rest of the world would wake up!

  6. I have always worked by this rule, do not ask others to do a task that you are not prepared to do yourself whether it be to empty a bed pan or attend to ta deceased patient.

    • Dead right ( pun not originally intended!)! I ran an ICU when a new RN started, sitting at the desk. I did my intro, and took them on an orientation. Got as far as the pan room, explaining this was where they take/clean pans etc. She told me she was a university-grad RN and didn’t do pans. I told her that if I could clean pans as a NUM, she’d be cleaning pans as well. She walked out, and had herself moved to another ward, where she soon became a demon-spawn pain-in-the-a..e! Some nurses need to be terminated before course-end!

  7. When leaving a patient’s room, check on five things: position, toileting, a drink, call bell and something to do. Then give them an estimate of when you expect to return. Although it sounds counter-intuitive when someone is demanding, it actually allays the patient’s concerns through anticipating their needs and results in fewer calls.

  8. recently we ran out of iv machines and had to calculate drip rates, some staff had problems. To me the formulas for nursing are indelby inked, Sr/ss x v/t(sunrise over sunset multiplied by volume over time)ie strength required/ stock strength x volume /time= dose and Rate = v/t x 15/1 or 20/1 or whatever the set delivers.Ie Rate(dpm) = volume /time x 15/1( or equvalent set delivery)

    • Best to always pretend there are no IV pumps. At ED where I work, rarely ever use the pumps, except for inotropes. Even then, best to be ready and have a syringe driver loaded and on standby, so can give regular increments as an alternative if needed.

  9. Always treat your patients with the same respect and dignity that you would expect if you or one of your family were laying in that bed.

  10. I agree with llove. Look at the patient in the bed and treat this person as you would hope one of your loved ones would be treated.

  11. Clean and tidy up after yourself. It makes your job so much easier if everything is tidy and organised. Always expect the unexpected even in the quietest (did I really say that word?) workplaces.

  12. I think this is a great little blog point here. Doesn’t matter about the competition being over…. let’s keep going with the tips !!!

    How many times do we shut the patient’s room door, and turn out the light – leaving the patient / resident in total darkness ??

    Is this setting them up for a FALL ?? You bet it is !!

    Try to think of leaving some light in the room. The toilet / ensuite light can be left on, and the door slightly ajar, just enough to produce the light that will allow your patient / resident to see what they’re doing
    ( looking for their walking aide, or slippers etc. )

    Night lights are good. They produce just a dim glow, but enough for the patient / resident to see around their room, AND, for you to see them in bed, as you pass by ( or purposely look in for a ‘welfare check’ )

    regards,

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