Facebook Live Q&A shines helpful spotlight on new nurses’ questions

Trying something new and different, Carle is hosting a Facebook Live Q&A from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The topic? The popular and growing Carle Nurse Residency Program, which recently earned national accreditation. Online participants will learn in real time from the program’s manager, Amber Nibling, MSN, RN-BC, what nursing students and recent graduates want – and need – to know.

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FreshRN Kati Kleber plans Facebook Live for new nursesFreshRN’s Kati Kleber plans to host Monday’s discussion. She hopes her second child – scheduled to arrive very soon – will cooperate.

“My second pregnancy has been quite similar with the nausea and vomiting and preeclampsia, however some aspects have been smoother,” said Kleber, a CNRP graduate who returned to Carle recently as a now-seasoned nurse. “The main difference is that I now have a toddler.

“We moved back to the area since having our first child, so we now have the support of both families. That has been invaluable.”

As her due date drew close, Kleber adjusted her schedule. Well, some of it.

“I’ve been working less at the bedside, which has been less taxing physically, but I am also finishing up my Master of Science in Nursing Education, which has added some mental stress,” said the FreshRN blogger and new-nurse advocate.

Kleber admits being the patient instead of the nurse presents some challenges.

“The baby world is completely different from the cardiac surgery and neuroscience worlds. I feel like I know just enough to be much more worried than others, but not enough to reassure myself,” she said.

“I know the ‘worst-case scenarios,’ but I don’t work in the area to see how often that actually happens to put it in perspective.”

For her and other nurses and care team members, what’s needed to provide great patient care always prevails.

“Twelve-hour shifts can be tough for anyone, let alone a pregnant person. You have to watch yourself when trying to lift and reposition patients, pushing beds and moving equipment so you don’t put yourself or your baby at risk. You also can’t take care of patients with certain treatment regimens (like chemotherapy) or disease processes (like encephalitis), so it does impact patient assignments,” she said.

“You really have to be your best advocate and have a good team who is understanding and supportive. Thankfully, both units I’ve worked in while pregnant were awesome and accommodating.” 

FreshRN Kati Kleber plans Facebook Live for new nursesWhether she’s able to facilitate Monday’s Q&A or not, she encourages new and soon-to-be nurses to join in and learn from Nibling, who manages Carle’s Clinical Education and Transition to Practice programs.

“The Facebook Live will help answer some of the most common questions about residency programs and what onboarding looks like as a new graduate nurse,” Kleber said, adding she wants the personal touch to be a draw.

“You’re not reading it in an article or hearing about it second-hand, you’re actually hearing from the people who interview and train new nurses hired into the program,” she said, reminding those who aren’t able to participate live to visit Carle’s Facebook page to watch the video later.

“In the eight years I’ve been a nurse, I have not heard of or seen an online opportunity for prospective applicants to get this kind of information, so I definitely advise anyone who is graduating, whether or not they’ll stay in this area, to participate.”

The Carle Nurse Residency Program is a one-year, Magnet-recognized endeavor that supports and empowers new nurses to position them for careers focused on quality patient-centered care. Learn more and apply today.