New Graduate Nurse Residency Program

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A little over a year ago I graduated from a small Catholic college in Massachusetts. I have been a registered nurse for just over a year. I am currently in my last month of a new graduate nurse residency program at the hospital I work at. I work in the emergency room, which I absolutely love. Before I became a nurse, I was an emergency room technician for about three and a half years, as I was going through nursing school. Having this position helped me tremendously through nursing school. I was able to apply what we were learning in class to something I had seen at work. I wanted to go to get my master’s degree because I want to be either an adjunct clinical facility or a teacher later on in my career. I decided that this is a good time…show more content…
It is important to understand that nursing is not only about helping the sick but it is also about helping the healthy individual. A nurse can do that by preventing any illness, which he or she can do by educating the population. It takes a special person to be a nurse, but it is a very rewarding career. It is a great feeling to know that you made a difference in the patient or even the patient’s family member’s lives. By receiving a master’s degree the nurse is able to give the patient more current and quality care. The patient’s family trusts you with the loved one’s life, it is a humbling experience, but it can also be nerve-racking. Important It is important to me that I am giving my patient the quality care that he or she deserves. The patient’s safety is any nurse’s number one priority. Patient safety is “the reduction of risk of unnecessary harm” (E. Lima de Fernando et al., 2016, p. 895). One way to make sure that the patient is receiving quality care while keeping the patient’s safety in mind is through interprofessional collaboration. An example of this is when giving a patient a medication. It is important that the nurse checks the medication that is ordered by the physician. If the medication is one that has to come from the pharmacy, they also will check the order and make sure it makes sense. If the medication comes from the pharmacy, the nurse has to double check the medication when he or she receives it.
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