New Grad??

  1. When do you stop being a new grad?
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    About SweetLemon

    Joined: Jul '08; Posts: 217; Likes: 169
    Psych Nurse
    Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in Psychiatric Nursing

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  3. by   RNperdiem
    When the next group of new nurses after you arrive for orientation,
    when your coworkers expect you to pull your own weight and help them out sometimes,
    when you have memorized all the important phone numbers,
    and the doctors know who you are.
    You are aware of the gap between what you were taught a nurse should do and what you can actually do with the resources available, and have reconciled your feelings about this issue.
    You have had your butt kicked a few times and survived
    Other nurses ask your opinions about matters at work,
    and you realize how far you have come.
  4. by   whoknows56
    Quote from RNperdiem
    When the next group of new nurses after you arrive for orientation,
    when your coworkers expect you to pull your own weight and help them out sometimes,
    when you have memorized all the important phone numbers,
    and the doctors know who you are.
    You are aware of the gap between what you were taught a nurse should do and what you can actually do with the resources available, and have reconciled your feelings about this issue.
    You have had your butt kicked a few times and survived
    Other nurses ask your opinions about matters at work,
    and you realize how far you have come.
    Pretty much. I would also add, forgetting everything you learned in college and now you know what really matters at your job and have realized how pointless most college courses are. Also, when you apply for your next degree about the only thing that matters is experience, GPA and any other "stat" needed to gain admissions.
  5. by   StrwbryblndRN
    I found I was not a new grad when a 20 year nurse (and excellent by the way) asked my opinion on an important matter and meant it. Most self gratifying conversation I ever had. Felt GOOD!
  6. by   Psqrd
    when they put me in charge nurse. P2
  7. by   Magsulfate
    When your manager thinks you're experienced enough to orient a new grad.

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