New Grad, First official day working as RN tommorow


First of all I want to say that I love AN. This site was my break away from the chaos of nursing school. Thank you all!

Tommorow begins my nursing career. I am very excited and nervous at the same time. I graduated Sept. 28th and have been blessed to find a job on a busy Med-Surg/Tele unit.

My question is can you share helpful advice that will help me on my first day? I was fortunate enough to complete 30 clinical hours on this particular unit, so I am very thankful for that.

Thank you in advance!!!


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Don't be too nervous. Don't be too sure of's dangerous and doesn't endear you. Be helpful. Be willing to do stuff. Jump in and volunteer. Ask questions. Ask your preceptor for feedback.


tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

152 Articles; 5,918 Posts

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

Congratulations on obtaining your first job as a new nurse!!! What a great accomplishment.

I moved your thread to First Year after Nursing Licensure where I think you will get more response. You might want to read through some of the other threads in this forums for words of encouragement.

Good luck on your first day!!!

Specializes in Acute Care Pediatrics. Has 4 years experience.

Congratulations and good luck tomorrow!

My advice as a new grad, is to ENJOY YOUR ORIENTATION! Don't let them kick you out too early. :) Ask lots of questions, be willing to learn. Help out where you can. Don't be afraid to be confident, just don't be OVER confident.

Good luck!


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Thank you everyone! I will keep your advice with me tommorow. Time for bed. Will post how my day goes.

Thank you again

Specializes in NICU, telemetry. Has 7 years experience.

Good luck! Go in with a positive attitude and open mind that's willing to learn. I agree with the others, seem confident, but not like a know-it-all and not closed to feedback. You will do great. Ask any question that comes to your mind.


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I had a really good day. I was confident, but didnt want to appear like a know it all. I was always very cautious to ensure pt safety. My preceptor was very nice. Thank you for all the good advice!!