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.
I know that this journey has been so long and hard to get to where you are now. But in this moment I want you to know that it is worth it. At some point in your life you were wishing to be in the place that you are at right now. We get so caught up in what is happening in the world that we forget to stop and look back at where we came from. You have made it through so much and that should be celebrated. Please don’t ever forget where your passion started why did you become a nurse? The answer to that question will continue to drive you through this difficult time. Nursing is not for everyone. It is hard. Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams even if it means taking a leap of faith. Find a work friend, someone who you can trust and relate with. They will help you through. These friends are so important to have. Follow you heart and dream big. You can do it!