Mesel Teklemariam: New Nurse
Being in the first few years of one’s nursing career, a new nurse has a lot to learn and a lot to teach. Out of school and ready to take on the profession, Mesel Teklemariam shares his insights on his first few months of being an RN.
“Kindness goes a long way,” said Mesel Teklemariam, when asked what the most important thing he has learned thus far. Teklemariam registered with the SRNA in September 2019 and has been working nearly full-time since. He noted that, “Whether it’s towards your colleagues, patients, residents or yourself, kindness not only makes their lives better, but also your own.” Teklemariam shared that caring and working with kindness at the centre not only improves the learning environment as a new nurse, “it improves communication between you and your patients, and at the end of the day, makes it all feel worthwhile.”
Teklemariam has always been drawn to the health sciences but did not find nursing until after his first degree in biology. Working as a pharmacy technician, he thought that is where his career would go, but over the years of regularly collaborating with nurses, he knew that was the path he needed to take. “Nursing is more hands on, and it felt like I was a closer part of the primary care team,” said Teklemariam. “And the best part now is that no day is like the last. You never know what challenges or rewards you’ll come across with each given day.”
Moving in to the next few decades of his career, Teklemariam advises all future and current RNs to not be afraid to ask for help: “As a new nurse, I was very self-conscious about delegating work to other staff or colleagues because I did not want to feel like a burden. Nursing is a collaborative profession, so use your resources.” And as for himself? Having a clear understanding of the importance of collaboration and mentorship in the profession, Teklemariam is most looking forward to getting to, “a point where I can perform my job with confidence and feel comfortable teaching others.”