Introduction: Erin Smital, Nursing Professional Development Educator & Nurse Residency Coordinator, 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 18 of this program. I asked our participants to write an open letter to "The nurse struggling right now... ". These kind words of support and encouragement are meant for every nurse, in every position, in every stage of their career.
Look at you, ROCKSTAR! You completed nursing school and passed the NCLEX! Now you get to start the career you always wanted! My first piece of advice for you is to give yourself grace. You will be learning a lot of skills at a fast pace. Although it may feel overwhelming at first, you chose this carrier for a reason! YOU GOT THIS! My next piece of advice is to find your tribe and hold on to them. When times get tough, turn to them for advice, encouragement or laughter. Lastly, never forget why you decided to become a nurse! Whatever it may be, keep it at the front of your thoughts to help aid you through the difficult times! You were made for this and I am so proud of you!
A Nurse Who Was Exactly Where You Are