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Advice to a new grad


What advice would you give a new grad? What is the most important thing you learned in nursing school?

Coffee Nurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 10 years experience.

My advice: learn to use the resources available to you. For example, go back to the main "first year after licensure" page and read the sticky posts at the top, then start to work your way through the tons and tons of advice that has already been offered in this forum.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

That your education doesn't end when you graduate, but it is in fact just beginning...and that no matter how well you did in school, you're still going to feel like an idiot the very first day you are on the floor :)

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HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

Patients (& their families) automatically assume you are very competent/qualified if they identify you as a nurse. They will do whatever we ask them to. They have absolute trust in us and we have a profound obligation to protect them.

Even though I graduated back when the earth's crust was cooling - this has not changed.