I am a new nurse and hear that the first year as a nurse is difficult. Any advice on transitioning from school to practice? I graduated in December, 2011 and worked at a rehabilitation hosptal for about three months. I did not find the job to be a good fit for me and resigned. When I do find a new job, I want to be sure to be succeessful instead of being overwhelmed and less effective. Does anyone have suggestions on tools to being successful and gaining clinical competency? Any strategies and insights in becoming successful as a new nurse? Thanks!