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The Mississippi RN - June 2018

The Mississippi RN - June

Vol. 80, No. 2 Quarterly publication direct mailed to approximately 58,000 RNs and LPNs in Mississippi. Summer 2018 A Message from the President Debra Allen, MSN, RN How many times have we used the expression “I feel at home here?” Each of us wants to be valued as a part of a group and feel comfortable in our surroundings. This is the time of year that many of our new nurse colleagues are beginning their careers in nursing, and it’s up to us to make them feel at home in our profession. Debra Allen, MSN, RN They are experiencing the excitement and nervousness of obtaining their first nursing job – just as we did. I recall that on my second day as a brand new nurse, I had to work by myself due to my preceptor’s unexpected absence. Reflect on how you felt entering this fast-paced and ever changing profession, and determine how you can make their transition easier. This first experience creates a desire to remain and excel in nursing or, unfortunately, may result in a decision to pursue a new job somewhere else, or even another profession. When I ask new nurses what they find important coming into a new job, they frequently respond “to feel accepted and supported.” Those who report feeling valued by their employer are significantly more likely to be motivated to do their very best. 1 As seasoned nurses, we should strive to create a nurturing environment for our new colleagues, fostering respect and support. That means that we not only provide advice, we actively seek feedback as well. Their observations and ideas provide an opportunity to view processes in a new light. These new nurses are our leaders of tomorrow. The significant number of nurses at or near retirement age increases the urgency of developing these nurses’ leadership skills. It’s much easier to encourage them to embrace leadership opportunities if we connect with them on a personal level and they feel comfortable asking questions. Let them know that every one of us has good days and bad days – no matter how many years we’ve been a nurse. Let them know that it’s normal to feel frustrated, tired, or even a little scared, especially during the first year as a nurse. Let them know it’s essential to have a sense of humor to get you through those bad days and that the good days are often great days! Be the nurse mentor they trust and in whom they can confide. When they reflect on their first year as a nurse, be the colleague who readily helped them through that first exciting and exhausting year. MNA welcomes these new nurses and wants them to feel at home as members of MNA. From this first year as a nurse through retirement, being a member of MNA is beneficial to your career and shows pride in your profession! Invite a new nurse to lunch and discuss the many benefits of being a member of MNA. Encourage them to attend a District meeting with you and introduce them to other members. MNA’s numerous networking opportunities will allow them to connect with their colleagues, many of whom are also newly entering the nursing profession. Invite them to accompany you to one of MNA’s continuing education events and explain that MNA hosts events throughout the state. Relate to them how you have personally benefitted by being a member, and how the nursing profession has benefitted from MNA’s successful advocacy efforts! Let’s make our new colleagues “feel at home” as they join with us! 1 Workplace Survey, American Psychological Association, Harris Interactive, March 2012 Racing to Meet Nursing Challenges of Today and Tomorrow 2018 Annual Convention October 23-26, 2018 Biloxi, MS current resident or Presort Standard US Postage PAID Permit #14 Princeton, MN 55371 NOTICE OF HOUSE OF DELEGATES MEETING The Mississippi Nurses’ Association’s House of Delegates will convene on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at the MS Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, Biloxi, MS.