What do you wish you could tell yourself on graduation day?

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by msdecember31st msdecember31st, MSN, RN, EMT-B Member Nurse Student

Specializes in New Grad.

If you could go back to the day you graduated from nursing school, what would you tell yourself? What advice would you give? Warnings? Regrets?

Sour Lemon

Has 12 years experience. 5,016 Posts

Don't worry about blowing off NCLEX in favor of going to Disneyland. I think Disneyland prepared me better than reading more books, but I did have that "oh no" moment the night before my exam. ?

msdecember31st, MSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in New Grad. 36 Posts

1 hour ago, Sour Lemon said:

Don't worry about blowing off NCLEX in favor of going to Disneyland. I think Disneyland prepared me better than reading more books, but I did have that "oh no" moment the night before my exam. ?

And I bet you did just fine right?

Sour Lemon

Has 12 years experience. 5,016 Posts

13 minutes ago, msdecember31st said:

And I bet you did just fine right?

I did. ?

Kitiger, RN

Specializes in Private Duty Pediatrics. Has 43 years experience. 1,667 Posts

5 hours ago, msdecember31st said:

If you could go back to the day you graduated from nursing school, what would you tell yourself? What advice would you give? Warnings? Regrets?

If you don't have that BSN, get it soon. I'm not sure it would have made me a better nurse, but it would help open doors now. (I'm a Diploma grad.)

And now, going into debt a few years before retiring just doesn't make sense.

msdecember31st, MSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in New Grad. 36 Posts

18 hours ago, Sour Lemon said:

I did. ?

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15 hours ago, Kitiger said:

If you don't have that BSN, get it soon. I'm not sure it would have made me a better nurse, but it would help open doors now. (I'm a Diploma grad.)

And now, going into debt a few years before retiring just doesn't make sense.

Oh I understand, that’s why I did the Entry Level Master’s program. Done in a month actually. Anything else you wish you knew?

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 11 years experience. 836 Posts

I'd tell myself-you know more than you think you do, have faith in yourself.

I'd also tell myself you don't know what you think you know and keep your mind open and your mouth shut more often.

msdecember31st, MSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in New Grad. 36 Posts

7 hours ago, CharleeFoxtrot said:

I'd tell myself-you know more than you think you do, have faith in yourself.

I'd also tell myself you don't know what you think you know and keep your mind open and your mouth shut more often.

Mouth shut, got it. LOL

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 11 years experience. 836 Posts

2 hours ago, msdecember31st said:

Mouth shut, got it. LOL

More than that :). Ears and eyes and mind open.