Even if you are a seasoned nurse, doing your first agency shift can still be daunting. Adjusting to a new working environment and working with a new healthcare team in a new routine can be overwhelming. This is especially true when as an agency nurse you are expected to perform the same duties as a facility nurse would, in a competent and timely manner with little or no orientation. Here are a few tips to help you successfully get through your first day of agency nursing:
The day before your shift, get everything you need ready. Iron and hang your uniform, organize any pertinent documentation such as the instructions to your shift location and timesheets. Make sure you have your agency identification card. Prepare your lunch or snack so you don’t have to do this before leaving for your shift.
Get a Good Nights Rest
Make sure you sleep well and don’t let the stress of the following day keep you awake. Be confident within yourself. After all, you would not be put forward for shifts if your agency did not deem you fit for the job at hand. Moreover, being well rested will mean you are more focused and alert.
Plan Well for Travel
Account for traffic and travel issues and arrive early for your shift. This is important to ensure that the client is happy, that you have time to get associated with your new working environment, and so that you don’t miss the induction. You will also be more relaxed and not arrive rushed and stressed.
Introduce Yourself to the Management and the Staff you will be Working With
Build rapport with your new team as they will help guide you through all the things you need to know to be able to do your job efficiently.
Pay attention in your induction and write down any relevant information – this will help you adjust more easily and you can refer to your notes if at any stage you forget any of the information verbally passed on to you.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Work like you would in any facility because although your co-workers will expect you to function like they do; they know that you won’t learn everything in a day. Do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself by trying to know everything the moment you step through the door. It will take a while for you to adjust to the new environment and their way of working.
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