Articles: First Year After Nursing Licensure

Articles: First Year After Nursing Licensure

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.

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 →

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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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Nursing Brain Sheets for Beginners

Nursing Brain Sheets for Beginners

by Lynda Lampert, RN - Nursing brain sheets go by many names. They are called report sheets, security blankets, flowcharts, to do lists, and everything in between. What are they... Read More →

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Succeed as a New Med-Surg Nurse: Part 1

Succeed as a New Med-Surg Nurse: Part 1

by wooh - So many new grads start off on a Med-Surg floor. Either they want to, they think they should, someone else thinks they should, or it's the only job in town. Being a... Read More →

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Still Raw: Six months after graduation, five months after employment

Still Raw: Six months after graduation, five months after employment

by ixchel - A few months ago, I wrote an article that basically expressed my shock at the first weeks on my first nursing job. (It's called "Raw: two months after graduation,... Read More →

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New Grad RN Orientation

New Grad RN Orientation

by mollie.v - I've only had experience working at a LTC facility, but I did have 3 semesters of clinicals at the hospital that I am currently employed at. It's been exciting and... Read More →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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50 Things New Nurses Need to Know about Orientation

50 Things New Nurses Need to Know about Orientation

by Lynda Lampert, RN - New nurse orientation is one of the most eye opening experiences in becoming a nurse. You shift from being coddled to experiencing what the real world is like. ... Read More →

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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 →

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Raw: Two Months After Graduation... One Month After Employment...

Raw: Two Months After Graduation... One Month After Employment...

by ixchel - I watched that video in orientation thinking, "these people are crazy. I'm a ray of sunshine and hope! I am a positive person! I believe in myself and I am ready... Read More →

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New Grad RN Angst

New Grad RN Angst

by danigold - Today is my day off after working three days in a row. However, my eyes popped open at 0530 and would not close again. My brain immediately went into review mode.... Read More →

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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 →

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