How do I work with others and become part of the team?
Becoming part of a team
As a newly qualified nurse, becoming part of a team can be very daunting: everyone else seems to know each other and you are keen to make a good impression. The first time you have to answer the phone and say ‘staff nurse’ can be frightening as the person on the other end will not necessarily know whether you have been in post 5 minutes or 5 months. These feelings are normal, so what can help you to function effectively?
Remember that people expect you to be asking questions and to be in need of support. A small notebook arranged alphabetically can act as a memory booster and save you having to ask the same questions repeatedly. Find out if your trust or employer offers some kind of preceptorship programme. If so, utilise opportunities to meet with your preceptor to discuss your progress and give