First Year After Nursing Licensure

You have completed nursing school, have passed the NCLEX, and are lucky enough to have secured your first job as a nurse. Now what!?!?! Nursing school gave you a good foundation, but now comes the task of applying your skills and knowledge to the real world of nursing. This is the place for new Licensed Nurses to come and discuss the challenges you are facing in your first year as a nurse and where experienced nurses can offer some gems and tricks of the trade as well as words of encouragement.

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  1. Raw: Two Months After Graduation... One Month After Employment...
    Article by ixchel, rn Jul 13
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    ixchel, rn
  2. New Grad  Where should I work?
    by slushymaker75 Aug 18
    8
    iPink RN
  3. Getting into a groove
    by SunshineDaisy Aug 17
    4
    iPink RN
  4. Starting first job as a new grad nurse- So nervous!! Need advice!!
    by rnbsn694 Aug 20
    2
    iPink RN
  5. Graduate Nurse In Charge of 47 Residents
    by thespicykraut Aug 17
    5
    VANurse2010
  6. First job
    by Budra3 Aug 6
    10
    MariposaLPN
  7. Harbor-UCLA (LA County) RN/Relief 2014
    by love1211you Jul 30
    7
    JLM817
  8. Happy birthday to me!  35 years old and a new nurse!
    by karrie79 Jul 21
    21
    karrie79
  9. Pediatric Home Health or Nursing Home?
    by edobers Aug 19
    4
    caliotter3
  10. Discouraged new RN
    by NuevaRN Jul 18, '12
    34
    Paco-RN
  11. Thoughts During My First Weekend on My Own
    by CountryMomma Aug 18
    1
    ebailey1218
  12. Officially off orientation tomorrow
    by nurseK87 Aug 17
    4
    nurseK87
  13. **POLL** New 1st Year RN Salary
    by hair303 Mar 1
    122
    thespicykraut
  14. New grad as only RN in cardiology office?
    by LizzieB_RN Jul 31
    6
    Pixie.RN
  15. Leaving 1st job before 1 year
    by UpennRN Apr 3
    19
    TrevyRN
  16. New Grads: how long did it take you to find a job, or how long have you been ...
    by kieran07 Jun 18
    89
  17. Full Circle, my First Year of Nursing
    Article by Imafloat Jan 5, '08
    138
    workingmama77
  18. [Med/surg] What are top 5 drugs your floor uses?
    by icarr757 Aug 1
    14
    JLM817
  19. I dread going to work :(
    by MrsICURN14 Aug 13
    11
    JLM817
  20. New RN, education suggestions please!!
    by cherylmang Aug 12
    7
    cherylmang
  21. Nursing newbie: Nursing education and work settings
    by Nursing Padawan Aug 12
    7
    RunBabyRN
  22. Just passed nclex looking for Job
    by texas student21 Aug 13
    1
    RunBabyRN
  23. Job search for new grad in NYC
    by KLW96 Aug 13
    2
    KLW96
  24. Calling All First Year Med-Surg RN's!
    by Catherinexi17 Jun 19
    14
    Puppylv
  25. Hiring managers please advise!
    by Nrsasrus Jan 14
    6
    NurseCulver
  26. Cardiac Unit as a New Grad
    by teleRN241 Aug 9
    13
    amzyRN
  27. HELP PLEASE! New grad nurse about to quit new Nurse job before orientation is over.
    by NewGradKH Aug 4
    34
    sunny_days
  28. Resume/cover letter L&D specific or general for residency?
    by feetinthedirt Aug 11
    1
    AspiringNurseMW
  29. When to hold meds
    by SunshineDaisy Aug 7
    10
    SunshineDaisy
  30. International
    by kcfox Aug 10
    1
    JustBeachyNurse
  31. Well, this is it...first night on own.
    by RNRapunzel1029 Aug 5
    9
  32. Breaking RN residency contract
    by nathan31 Aug 6
    15
    nathan31
  33. Got Told I am Slow in Receiving Report
    by jes07 Aug 1
    13
    Meriwhen
  34. Deer in Headlights. Tips to increase Medpass Speed
    by jdl1982 Aug 7
  35. New RN job search
    by Stephpresley89 Aug 4
    1
    ziggy787
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