Posted on Apr 23, 2015
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I am about to finish my training and become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a focus on critical care and trauma. While I am very excited to move to a new role, I am also very nervous about being a novice expert and take my responsibility very seriously. Any words of advice to help me make the transition, and make it smoother?
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Maj Chris Nelson
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You will do what you have done in every other position you have moved into... Settle in, learn who has experience, who you feel can be trusted for their decisions, start developing your own set of routines, engage your people, and develop a team that includes you in the mix! Your knowledge (and in some cases, lack of) will be your staring point. Flourish from there! Congrats on your upcoming graduation!
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Thanks brother! Trust me, I know that I have a lot to learn in this role!
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Maj Chris Nelson
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Dude, unless you have gone from good guy/nurse to ass hole/nurse practitioner, you will continue to be you and do well!! Yes, you will probably learn a thing or 2 more....school provides a solid foundation, but does not fill in all the colors in the coloring book..... just stay inside the lines and you will do fine!
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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Congratulations!

Trauma medicine can be very tough on the psyche. Get into something that gets with your team members (or other peers) and do something totally different. Use this opportunity to decompress. Don't be afraid to talk about your job but be careful with who your battle buddy is .. some people can't take a joke, if you know what I mean.

In looking at your profile your history indicates you will knock it out of the park.
Just go slow and keep them eyes open and 360.
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COL Jean (John) F. B.
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First, congratulations. I am sure you will do well in this very critical specialty.

The best advice you can get is to recognize that you are a novice. Watch those around you, who you determine know what they are doing, and learn from them. Don't be afraid to ask questions or seek guidance. Pretty soon, you will assume the role of teacher and mentor to others.

Awesome job with awesome responsibility. Wishing you all the best.
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Thank you Sir!!
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