Intro from Erin Smital, Nursing Professional Development Educator & Nurse Residency Coordinator, RWHC:
I want to take a moment and share an incredible experience I have recently been a part of here at RWHC. We offer a Nurse Residency Program that is designed for the new graduate nurse. It is structured around monthly learning sessions, with a focus on providing an interactive, reflective and enriched learning environment. The program is designed to enhance recruitment/retention of the new graduate nurse and support their transition into a competent practitioner. I am proud to announce that we recently completed year 17 of this program and in doing so asked that our participants write an open letter to "The nurse struggling right now... ". The original intention of these letters was to share them with the year 18 participants. After speaking with the participants and reviewing the letters, I realized that these kind words of support and encouragement are meant for a larger audience... they are meant for every nurse, in every position, in every stage of their career.
Remember why you became a nurse! Times are tough with COVID, but hopefully one day it will pass. You are making a difference in people’s lives! You are leaving a positive impact on your patients. You matter! The work you do matters! If you are unhappy with the area that you are in now, go out there and go for your dream job! You know more than you think you know. Be confident! I have been struggling lately myself, but I realized what is causing those struggles, and I have chosen to address them. You can do the same!
We are in this together!