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10 Things to Know for Your First Day at Work

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We hope you are equipped with all the knowledge for your first day. From the color of the scrubs to wear to the timekeeping process, the benefits you are eligible for, and everything in between. Now we are here to back your success. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with me for clarification!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep


An adequate amount of sleep is like oxygen for our mind, body, and soul. Being our well–rested, best selves will give you a head start in a clear mind and a brighter morning.

For night nurses: A quality nap is crucial for a successful PM shift.

Expect the Challenge 

Your first day on the job can get intimidating, if not overwhelming (hopefully exciting, too!). Prepare with a positive attitude and open mindset, ready to confront the discomfort accompanying every new beginning. And remember, this is the start of an excellent assignment!

Come on Time

Arrive early enough to give yourself the time to familiarize yourself with the place before the start of your shift. Consider parking or public transportation delays, which may influence your actual ETA onto the floor.

A Good Meal Goes a Long Way!

Prep a wholesome lunch (dinner and/or snack), including your favorite foods the night before, to keep you happy and content during your shift.

Extra Credit: Packing enough to share will make for a good starter with your colleagues. Consider including something unusual to strike a conversation at the nurse’s station!

Be Confident

Your confident self is always your best self. You possess suitable credentials for the job and will be an outstanding team member once you transition in. Feeling timid? It is okay to pretend a calm composure.

Breathe in, breathe out. Relax.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Protocols and procedures differ from one facility to the other. It is only normal to have questions.  And there is nothing wrong with asking for another clarification if you need the first explanation decoded.

Learning is all that the first days are all about!


Use your smile!

At no cost to you, it is the easiest contribution to the right first impression.

Be a Team Player

Acting friendly, courteous, and kind from the start will help you foster pleasant relationships with your colleagues on the team. You will be in their company anyway, so why not call them friends?

Give Us Feedback! 

While you are navigating your first day on the floor, we can hardly wait to hear about your experiences on the assignment! Please let us know how you like it and if there is anything we can help you with!

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Good Luck!

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