Nursing is one of the most important and demanding jobs in the medical field. Nurses are responsible for providing quality care to residents and families and working alongside other healthcare professionals to ensure that residents receive the best possible care. However, starting a new assignment at a new long-term care facility can be intimidating. Here are some tips and things you can do to make the transition smoother and set yourself up for shift success.
Tips to Excel In Your First Assignment at a New Facility
Get to Know the Facility
Take the time to research the facility you will be working at, the type of residents you will be caring for, and the shifts you will be working. You will be able to come into your new assignment with a better understanding of what to expect and how to prepare yourself best. This planning will also help you hit the ground running on your first day.
Arrive Early to Your Shift
Not only will arriving early help you become more comfortable with your surroundings, but punctuality is a sign of respect for your colleagues and residents. If you want to make a good impression, aim to arrive early for your shifts so that you can be ready to start seeing residents as soon as possible.
Be a Team Player
Nurses rely heavily on each other to provide quality care for their residents. If you are not a team player, it will reflect poorly on your performance and could put residents at risk. So, if you want to excel in your next nursing assignment, make sure that you are willing and able to work well with others.
Flexibility is Key
The nature of the job often requires nurses to adapt quickly to changes in their residents’ conditions or the workplace itself. For example, if there is a sudden influx of concerns, nurses may need to juggle their workload or find creative solutions to meet the needs of all their residents. It will go a long way if you can show that you are flexible and adaptable in your next nursing assignment.
Ask Questions at Your New Assignment
If you’re unsure about something, don’t be afraid to ask a more experienced colleague or your supervisor. Asking questions shows you’re eager to learn and actively interested in your shift.
Have a Great Attitude
Keeping a positive attitude is infectious. Smiling, being friendly, and taking an interest in your residents will make them feel comfortable and happy.
What to Expect When You Start A New Assignment as a Vantage Team Member
Remember, Vantage is on your side. When you become part of our team, you become part of our family. We know you’re there to provide care for residents and make a difference in their lives. And our team tries to make it as flexible as possible to suit your scheduling needs. With our 24/7 staffing support behind you every step of the way, you’ll soon feel right at home in your new surroundings.