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How to survive and maybe even love your life as a nurse / Kelli S. Dunham and Staci J. Smith.

By: Dunham, Kelli S.
Contributor(s): Smith, Staci J.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Philadelphia, PA : F.A. Davis, c2005Description: xvi, 212 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0803611587 (alk. paper); 9780803611580 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Nursing -- Vocational guidance | Nurses -- Job satisfaction | Nursing -- Psychological aspectsDDC classification: 610.73/06/9
Contents:
1. After nursing school: now what? : taking stock -- The nursing school experience : what did it mean to you? -- Preparing for a time of transition -- Get support -- Let me into the dressing rooms I want to try on my new role -- The year of med/surg experience debate -- Setting your preliminary career goals -- Resources -- 2. Job search workout -- Deciding what's important to you -- Considering fields of practice -- Critical care nurse -- Emergency nurse -- Hospice/palliative care nurse -- Nurse anesthetist -- Perioperative (OR) nurse -- Nurse executive -- Neonatal nurse -- Labor and delivery nurse -- Psychiatric-mental health nurse -- School nurse -- Conducting informational interviews -- Inventorying your marketability -- Preparing a resume and cover letter -- Your resume -- The cover letter -- Practicing your employment interviews -- Resources -- 3. Looking for jobs in all the right places -- Can an externship become an internship? -- Using online job search resources -- Finding jobs through the classifieds -- Cold calling -- Making the most of network referrals -- Acing the interview : know your nurse recruiter -- After the interview -- Resources.
4. What's in it for me : considering opportunities -- Institutional variations -- Earning while you learn : preceptorship and orientation parameters -- How not to take the nursing shortage personally -- Use of unlicensed assistive personnel -- Pulling and floating -- Mandatory overtime -- Nurse-to-patient ratios -- Show me the money : salary and benefit packages -- Making a choice -- Resources -- 5. The first month : dive right in, the water's fine -- Your first day -- Time management -- Surviving shift work -- Uniforms and equipment -- Resources -- 6. Fostering healthy relationships -- Family and friends in a time of transition -- Patients and their families -- Quality peer relations and teamwork -- Cross-generational concerns -- Dating in the workplace -- Resources -- 7. Diversity in nursing -- Importance of diversity -- Nurses of color -- Men in nursing -- Nurses with physical and mental health-related disabilities -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender nurses -- Nurses returning to the workforce -- Getting started -- Finding a job and making it work -- The graying of the RN workforce -- Resources.
8. You're not the boss of me (well, actually ...) -- Your preceptors -- Your nurse manager -- The evaluation process -- The magic of mentoring -- When you're in charge -- Resources -- 9. Legal and ethical issues -- Love me, love my license (lawsuit prevention) -- Rules, rules, rules : the Nurse Practice Act and You -- Assignment despite objection -- Ethics in the workplace -- Resources -- 10. The mess that is stress -- Good fences make good neighbors : boundaries and you -- Do you smell smoke? : dealing with burnout -- Pushing more buttons than the call bell : when patients bring up issues -- Physical stressors and occupational hazards -- Humor as a stress modulator -- Resources -- 11. The long and winding road : don't forget about your future -- Reviewing your career ladder goals -- Lifelong learning : academic and continuing education options -- Changing issues in nursing (and how to make a change) -- Financial goals and retirement strategies -- When is it time to move on? -- Resources.
Summary: "This light-hearted, fun, fresh, and easy-to-read guide for nursing students by nursing students is full of practical information to help you cope with--and get the most our of--your days as a nursing student. It will help you keep on track with the ups and downs you are likely to encounter and keep you focused on why you chose nursing as a career. It includes tips, advice, resources, and stories from over 300 nursing students, new grads, and staff nurses."--Cover.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. After nursing school: now what? : taking stock -- The nursing school experience : what did it mean to you? -- Preparing for a time of transition -- Get support -- Let me into the dressing rooms I want to try on my new role -- The year of med/surg experience debate -- Setting your preliminary career goals -- Resources -- 2. Job search workout -- Deciding what's important to you -- Considering fields of practice -- Critical care nurse -- Emergency nurse -- Hospice/palliative care nurse -- Nurse anesthetist -- Perioperative (OR) nurse -- Nurse executive -- Neonatal nurse -- Labor and delivery nurse -- Psychiatric-mental health nurse -- School nurse -- Conducting informational interviews -- Inventorying your marketability -- Preparing a resume and cover letter -- Your resume -- The cover letter -- Practicing your employment interviews -- Resources -- 3. Looking for jobs in all the right places -- Can an externship become an internship? -- Using online job search resources -- Finding jobs through the classifieds -- Cold calling -- Making the most of network referrals -- Acing the interview : know your nurse recruiter -- After the interview -- Resources.

4. What's in it for me : considering opportunities -- Institutional variations -- Earning while you learn : preceptorship and orientation parameters -- How not to take the nursing shortage personally -- Use of unlicensed assistive personnel -- Pulling and floating -- Mandatory overtime -- Nurse-to-patient ratios -- Show me the money : salary and benefit packages -- Making a choice -- Resources -- 5. The first month : dive right in, the water's fine -- Your first day -- Time management -- Surviving shift work -- Uniforms and equipment -- Resources -- 6. Fostering healthy relationships -- Family and friends in a time of transition -- Patients and their families -- Quality peer relations and teamwork -- Cross-generational concerns -- Dating in the workplace -- Resources -- 7. Diversity in nursing -- Importance of diversity -- Nurses of color -- Men in nursing -- Nurses with physical and mental health-related disabilities -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender nurses -- Nurses returning to the workforce -- Getting started -- Finding a job and making it work -- The graying of the RN workforce -- Resources.

8. You're not the boss of me (well, actually ...) -- Your preceptors -- Your nurse manager -- The evaluation process -- The magic of mentoring -- When you're in charge -- Resources -- 9. Legal and ethical issues -- Love me, love my license (lawsuit prevention) -- Rules, rules, rules : the Nurse Practice Act and You -- Assignment despite objection -- Ethics in the workplace -- Resources -- 10. The mess that is stress -- Good fences make good neighbors : boundaries and you -- Do you smell smoke? : dealing with burnout -- Pushing more buttons than the call bell : when patients bring up issues -- Physical stressors and occupational hazards -- Humor as a stress modulator -- Resources -- 11. The long and winding road : don't forget about your future -- Reviewing your career ladder goals -- Lifelong learning : academic and continuing education options -- Changing issues in nursing (and how to make a change) -- Financial goals and retirement strategies -- When is it time to move on? -- Resources.

"This light-hearted, fun, fresh, and easy-to-read guide for nursing students by nursing students is full of practical information to help you cope with--and get the most our of--your days as a nursing student. It will help you keep on track with the ups and downs you are likely to encounter and keep you focused on why you chose nursing as a career. It includes tips, advice, resources, and stories from over 300 nursing students, new grads, and staff nurses."--Cover.

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