"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 19 of this program. I asked our participants to write an open letter to a Dear New Nurse. These kind words of support and encouragement are meant for every nurse, in every position, in every stage of their career."
– Erin Smital, Nursing Professional Development Educator & Nurse Residency Coordinator, RWHC
LETTER 1 - Dear New Nurse...
What I want you to know is that you are more capable than you think you are. Being a new nurse is hard, it’s overwhelming, and there is a whole lot of uncertainty. But, you are capable, you need to remember to stand up for yourself (in a respectful way) especially to those rude doctors! Find someone at work you can rely on for support and ask for help. You won’t be alone in your struggles. Find what type of nurse you want to be and continue to push for that goal. Good luck! Things will get better!