"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 4 - Dear New Nurse...
What I want you to know – Nursing can be difficult, but it is so rewarding. You impact people’s lives just by your kindness and heart. Always remember to have empathy for your patients. It is so important to take care of yourself. You give so much to others; give some love and grace to yourself. Burnout is so real – even only one year in. Just know there are so many options in nursing, you don’t have to stay in one area. Do things you love and enjoy. Be open and communicate with those you trust. Communication about how you are feeling is key. You will be an amazing nurse, the world needs you! Be confident and do what you love! You got this!