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PlaceMe UK is an innovative recruitment firm based in Central London (Marble Arch). The firm provides a first class, advisory recruitment service in the Healthcare industry. We delight in anticipating the needs of our clients and candidates and maintain long-term relationships to further this goal.
For Healthcare Providers including NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers, we deliver permanent nurses and doctors with a service that's 24/7.

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Surviving Your First Year As A Nurse

Now that you’re a qualified nurse and gotten your first nursing job you may think that all the hard work is done, right? Unfortunately, the hard work is just beginning and you will likely find your first year of being a nurse incredibly difficult. Here are a few tips to help you get through your first year as a nurse:

Learn How to Prioritise:

The first year of being a nurse can become very overwhelming with the multitude of tasks to complete during your shift. Breaking down your day into hourly increments of time and asking yourself “what is the most important task I need to accomplish and what is the least important task”. Using this method, you will not only be able to organize your tasks, but you will also be able to react appropriately when something unexpected happens.

Get To Know Your Co-workers:

Taking some time to get to know your co-workers is essential to surviving your first year as a nurse. Building positive relationships with your co-workers is key as they can help share experience and tips that they have learnt to make the job easier or more efficient. Moreover, your fellow nurses are important as they will be your support network during difficult days, to laugh with you during funny situations and to help assist you in emergencies.

Take Time to Relax:

Taking time to yourself and keeping an eye on not only your physical but mental health will make the first year of nursing easier. When you get a day off from work, make the most of it! Take your mind off of the job, your patients and your responsibilities and take some time to relax. If your mind is constantly thinking about work then you risk burning yourself out which can massively affect your performance and effectiveness as a nurse.


How To Become the Best Nurse?

All nurses are extremely talented and skilled and is not a job for the faint hearted. Most nurses have excellent clinical skills learned both through their education and through their experiences on-the-job However, there are a few nurses who set them selves apart from the rest and strive to provide the best possible nursing experience for their patients through soft skills. Soft skills are innate components of an individual’s personality and core values. Some nurses are born with natural instinct, however it can be learnt and developed over time.

Soft skills can help build personal relationships between the nurse and the patient as well as helping to develop relations with other interdisciplinary team members. This can help to enhance teamwork and collaboration and lead to improving patient outcomes.

The first soft skill that helps nurses to become the best in their field is effective communication. Communication begins before you even speak. A nurse can decipher how a patient is feeling before they even talk to them by reading their non-verbal cues. You can maintain eye contact to let your patient know you are genuine and tells them that you respect them and are acknowledging their presence and that you are interested in what they have to say.

Another soft skill that is important to master is empathy. It is crucial to practise empathy which is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. No amount of technology can compensate for an empathetic nurse who an connect with their patients by understanding what they are going through. They are able to acknowledge their patient’s emotional state, listen and engage the patient with open communication. This makes patients feel comfortable enough to share their feelings, fears and concerns related to their healthcare.

Organisation and time management is the last soft skill that will help to set you apart from the other nurses. Having organisational skills speaks to your ability to function effectively in the workplace. It makes handling their daily responsibilities easier and maintains a professional environment during interactions with patients, family members and colleagues.