It has been about 6 months after my first year after licensure and I am about to start my third job. Long story. I graduated December 2011 and passed boards with 91 questions January 2012.
I got my first job 3 months after passing boards, stayed there for 8 months and had to get outta there!! Bad place
My second job I got 6 months after moving to a new state. An outpatient clinic setting, I like it so far. But not for me so I continued to look for a full time permanent position.
I just recently got my third job and I have yet to start it. It is finally in the specialty I have been wanting and it well was worth the wait.
My first year hasn't been too bad so far (knock on wood). I have had some things happen and thankfully they were all handled smoothly. My first year was slightly stressful though because of the never ending job search. It was discouraging but I learned a lot during the process.
Within my first year, I inserted my first IV on both an adult and an infant. And if anyone knows what it is like to get an IV on a chunky baby knows why I am so proud. Both were successes especially being that I only inserted one IV in nursing school. I worked in areas that I would only touch with a ten foot pole. But I have gained great experience and skills from all of those positions.
Even though my first year has already past, I feel like it has just begun because I am in the area I want to be in. My career has started because now I have direction for my future as a nurse. Let's hope in the next year I still have great things to say
It has been a long road but I have been very patient (although I did complain at times-I am human) I am so happy to have finally be here