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. New Grad Float Pool
    by kellyrnwa May 12, '11
    5
    NurseVoldemort
  2. How to study for your first job
    by haRN29 Jan 15
    1
    HouTx
  3. New LPN:  Help on dealing with emergency situations
    by SAF2014 Jan 17
    1
    HouTx
  4. Hating my job
    by cll_rn20 Nov 11, '13
    16
    Swellz
  5. New grad nurse, feeling like I am barely hanging on!
    by Indigorn Jan 13
    15
    Wegie57
  6. University Medical Center, Tucson- Updates?
    by AnthonyRay Jan 7
    3
    beege
  7. Don't know what to do
    by pseudo_name Dec 23, '13
    10
    pseudo_name
  8. Newly Qualified - feeling confused!
    by lennie2305 Jan 12
    2
    Ruby Vee
  9. Worst states/cities for new grads
    by SN1992 Jan 12
  10. Improving Orientation for New Graduate Nurses
    Research by Compatissantnurse Nov 13, '13
    1
    tnbutterfly
  11. First RN position
    by nursephillyphil Jan 8
    4
    Ruby Vee
  12. Agency nursing after SNF
    by heartsgal Jan 11
  13. VENT!
    by Enthused RN Jan 10
    2
    Enthused RN
  14. New Nurse tips
    by NurseFMAC Jan 8
    2
    sunshyne17
  15. Is it bad for a new RN grad to start in an assisted living facility?
    by SN1992 Jan 9
    2
    sunshyne17
  16. First RN job & it's pay
    by Stephen.Stevens Jun 30, '11
    143
    heartsgal
  17. Please help get me out of bedside/floor nursing!
    Poll by JustJane2008 Sep 12, '13
    10
    Witty3RN
  18. How soon did you get pulled?
    by Swellz Dec 25, '13
    14
    Witty3RN
  19. Very discouraged...I regret not becoming a CNA during RN school.
    by SN1992 Dec 22, '13
    12
    fivefootnada
  20. ANA links to a study that says "times are good" for new grads!
    by Guttercat Dec 6, '13
    10
    Emmasmom03
  21. The First Year Newbie Nurse Survival Plan
    by CaseyColorado May 21, '12
    11
    MeshiablessedRN
  22. Licensure and applying out of state
    by mjgRN Dec 27, '13
    2
    Scarlettz
  23. New Grad Nurse, First Job Question
    by RN2bNicole1988 Jun 28, '12
    10
    Krytlebug
  24. Nursing refresher course
    by jram88 Jan 9
  25. I'm tired if being the new "new" nurse
    by newbie_nurseRN Jan 3
    7
    newbie_nurseRN
  26. New nurse feeling overwhelmed!
    by lilsnfrn Sep 13, '12
    9
    RNcares156
  27. ~First week as a nurse~
    by Gaby_rmz77 Jan 6
    3
    Gaby_rmz77
  28. Incredibly nervous about finding a job in St. Louis after graduation. Advice?
    by Katja508 Jan 3
    2
    not.done.yet
  29. Skilled Nursing Facility, New grad. Need Advise.
    by rrp87 Dec 15, '13
    5
    rrp87
  30. First day at new job New Grad- AFRAID
    by RNla0044 Jan 4
    8
    brownbook
  31. A full year after graduating .... Still no job
    by srm_lvn13 Jan 4
    5
    fsuao2006
  32. Cath lab RN, new grad, weird.
    by RNslif Dec 29, '13
    3
    HouTx
  33. How to follow policy when off duty?
    by RNduke129 Dec 28, '13
    7
    HouTx
  34. Terminated, now what?
    by jram88 Jan 3
    5
    ceebeejay
  35. Don't know what will benefit me most
    by Mindy J RN Jan 5
    3
    LadyFree28
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