So I will be graduating with my RN this upcoming December. Is there any advice to give to a new nurse out of school? I feel pretty confident in my nursing abilities but would appreciate any advice or good stories of starting out!
Hi jameshutch! Welcome to AN.com!
Basically, since you sound like you're confident with your nursing abilities, my advice to you would be to be the kind of Nurse you would want as a Patient, or the kind of Coworker you would want to work with.
Good luck to you in your endeavors!
I just recently graduated and was offered a position as a nurse intern in a lvl 1 trauma ER. I did not get offered a job post internship. So my advice is don't start in the ER unless you want a bigger chance of not having a job after the internship is done. I'm the only one who didn't have experience beforehand and the only one not offered a job.
Nothing really specific I can tell you except all the trite cliched stuff like "keep your nose to the grindstone" and such.
-Your first year is going to be challenging in some way. Take it all in stride.
-They still teach self care in school, no? Do that.
-Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually if that's your thing.
-Take a vacation
-Eat good food
My best advice:
Remind yourself that you don't even know what you don't know.
Give yourself grace and be humble.
Just because school is out, remember that this is when you really start learning.
Take care of yourself but train your mind and body to keep up with the stressors you'll face mentally and physically.
And for the love of God, play nice with your co-workers and patients because if you don't, they'll both make your life a living hell.
Unless your nursing school is completely different than most others, you've been convinced you actually know something about nursing. Unless you've had similar experience prior to nursing school you'll realize you don't know "jack #hi#" when you jump into the trenches. It's like learning everything about how to drive a car before you ever get behind the wheel. You realize what you don't know when you pull out into traffic for the first time by yourself.
Others above have given most excellent advice. What an exciting time for you. Enjoy the adventure and best of luck!!
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