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.
Congratulations! You survived your NCLEX and are hopefully settling into your new role as a nurse! If you’re off/coming off orientation and feel like you still know nothing, it’s OKAY! We all feel this way.. Breathe. You got this. Don’t ever feel silly asking questions; we all have them; you are supported. Never stop asking for further education/opportunities! Advocate always!
Take control of your career and guide it in the direction you want. You will have days that suck—no other way to say it, but with those days that suck, you will have great days that will remind you why you chose this job/life! You got this.