First Year After Nursing Licensure Articles

You completed nursing school, 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. Take this time to discuss the challenges you are facing in your first year as a nurse. You will find many experienced nurses sharing wisdom, knowledge and encouragement.

Residency Woes: A Preceptor That's a Stickler for Charting

Residency Woes: A Preceptor That's a Stickler for Charting

by chemshark - Ugh, I have to schedule my lunch breaks around it. It doesn't help that I have to be supervised to give oral meds, either. It slows everything down. And after... Read More →

Last comment by Neats
Residency: My First Mistake!

Residency: My First Mistake!

by chemshark - I am also trying to work more shifts back to back on the weekends, but this comes with consequences. Sometimes I forget that this is a job that involves many people... Read More →

Last comment by explorereb96
Hang in there new Grads and New Nurses it does get better..I PROMISE

Hang in there new Grads and New Nurses it does get better..I PROMISE

by Morettia2 - So I haven't been on this board for a while. I have been an R.N. for 1 1/2 years now, where I started as a brand spanking new grad in Interventional Cardiology/CCU... Read More →

Last comment by KTJ0408
Psst...New Nurses

Psst...New Nurses

by smatacale - I realize that there are so many articles, blogs, books and inspirational bookmarks, coffee cups, and laminated lanyard tags that tell you how to be a great nurse. ... Read More →

Last comment by geloy
Welcome New Grads!

Welcome New Grads!

by MrNurse(x2) - Summer is coming, and that means new nurses are starting their new careers. Believe it or not, that stress of school and the upcoming NCLEX exams will soon be but a... Read More →

Last comment by Daisy4RN
If you could only give ONE piece of advice to new RNs...

If you could only give ONE piece of advice to new RNs...

by renardeau - Having precepted some new graduates on the floor and in ICU, and having recently been one myself, if I could only give one piece of advice to any new graduate... Read More →

Last comment by Meriwhen
50 Things New Nurses Need to Know About Calling Doctors and Other Providers

50 Things New Nurses Need to Know About Calling Doctors and Other Providers

by Lynda Lampert, RN - Few things give a new nurse more stress than having to call a doctor or other provider. Other providers include advanced practice nurses and sometimes physician’s... Read More →

Last comment by BostonFNP
New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!

New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!

by Ruby Vee - The first year of nursing is miserable. Everyone is miserable during the first year of nursing. You go from being a college student to being responsible for a... Read More →

Last comment by RN_KTZ
Why actions speak louder than words, and why researching is important.

Why actions speak louder than words, and why researching is important.

by dudette10 - I've been a nurse for almost a year now. I research and study at home because I want to know the whys of what I do and know the best practices. I have my own... Read More →

Last comment by Karamia0x
Residency: When Your Patient's Wife is a Nurse

Residency: When Your Patient's Wife is a Nurse

by chemshark - ...but he needed to have his Foley changed because it was time. So I went in there. But his wife was there, too. She helped my preceptor & I change her husband's... Read More →

Last comment by 0.5GPA
Letter to My Graduate Nurse

Letter to My Graduate Nurse

by MNC - My Dear Graduate Nurse, Congratulations on your achievement in graduating from nursing school. You earned it! Not long ago, many of us were in your exact... Read More →

Advice for new RNs, from a new RN

Advice for new RNs, from a new RN

by EmilyCatherine - I am by no means a seasoned nurse, but I have learned a few things during the beginning of my career that have saved me time and made my work more efficient. I work... Read More →

Last comment by canadawali
Full Circle, my First Year of Nursing

Full Circle, my First Year of Nursing

by Imafloat - January-I was thrilled to have my dream job in a Newborn ICU, I was making cold hard cash. I had an awesome preceptor for orientation. I was signing my name with RN... Read More →

Last comment by Nursetaylor3
6 Resiliency Tips for Your Nursing Staff

6 Resiliency Tips for Your Nursing Staff

by ElizabethScala1 - Resiliency keeps your nursing staff on the job. It staves off stress, illness, and burnout. A resilient nursing staff builds strong teams able to respond to the... Read More →

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The Journey after Nursing school.

The Journey after Nursing school.

by Britttizzzle - Last semester of nursing school was the fastest semester for me,which could be do to the summer semester that it landed on. It was easier classes as well, having... Read More →

You might not want to read this...

You might not want to read this...

by rn_xoxo - I am a NURSE. Did I make a mistake? Am I going to regret this for the rest of my life? These thoughts keep running through my head. I roll around in bed,... Read More →

Last comment by RN19
Basic Tips for Ostomy Pouch Changes

Basic Tips for Ostomy Pouch Changes

by raptorfem - I've been at my first nursing job for about seven months now. It's a colorectal surgery floor: we get lots of people with ulcerative colitis, Crohn's, and... Read More →

The first year:  So much learned, so much to learn

The first year: So much learned, so much to learn

by wannabecnl - Today marks one year since I started my first real nursing job in the PACU. I mentioned this to my preceptor the other day, and she said she thought the year had... Read More →

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