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.

Letter to My Graduate Nurse
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Letter to My Graduate Nurse

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...

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Room 4
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Room 4

I need to hang this mannitol, like, right now. Now he ordered 3% saline, isn't that for brain swelling? Oh my god, I hope this patient doesn't herniate. He just...

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Residency: When Your Patient's Wife is a Nurse
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Residency: When Your Patient's Wife is a Nurse

...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...

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Residency: My First Mistake!
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Residency: My First Mistake!

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...

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Advice for new RNs, from a new RN
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Advice for new RNs, from a new RN

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...

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Full Circle, My First Year of Nursing
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Full Circle, My First Year of Nursing

January - Newborn ICU Dream Job I was making cold hard cash. I had an awesome preceptor for orientation. I was signing my name with RN behind it, I was giving...

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6 Resiliency Tips for Your Nursing Staff
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6 Resiliency Tips for Your Nursing Staff

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...

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The Journey After Nursing School
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The Journey After Nursing School

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...

You Might Not Want to Read This
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You Might Not Want to Read This

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,...

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Monitor
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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Monitor

I've been working on the cardiac ICU step-down for 8 weeks. It's my second day off of orientation and I'm beginning to realize just how much of the job my preceptor...

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New year, New you and a New love for Nursing!
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New year, New you and a New love for Nursing!

I'm quickly approaching my 1yr anniversary as a Registered Nurse and I have many mixed emotions today as I reflect on my growing career. Through this experience, I...

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

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...

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

This board for 1st year nurses saved me from quitting my job numerous times. I came here and still come here to rant, whine, complain, tell how great/horrible my...

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Psst...New Nurses
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Psst...New Nurses

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. ...

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Welcome New Grads!
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Welcome New Grads!

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...

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If You Could Only Give ONE Piece of Advice to New RNs
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If You Could Only Give ONE Piece of Advice to New RNs

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...

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

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...

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New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!
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New Grad/Hate My Job/Life is Miserable!

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...

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