Tips for nursing students!
The ability to see the bigger picture will get you a long way in this profession. To think outside the square. Call it whatever cliche you want, I’m talking about people who have the ability to see outside of their little world of “what task am I finishing now?”
I’m still not entirely sure whether this is something that can be taught, or whether some people just get it. I’m sure there’s some people who could improve this quality, and you definitely get better as time goes on. Conversely, there’s also people who just seem to be completely unteachable in this regard!
How to think outside the square
Here’s a few things you can think about doing at work to make yourself a better nurse. People who think outside the square tend to do these things automatically:
- Be aware of what’s going on with the nurses near you
- Have a general awareness of what’s going on in the department as a whole
- Offer to give other staff a hand when you notice they’re struggling
- Don’t get caught up in rules and regulations for the sake of them – think for yourself, why is that “the policy?”
- Don’t be near sighted or lacking peripheral vision – be aware that you are one piece of a larger puzzle