"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 6 - Dear Brand New Nurse...
Some things you should know about being a new nurse and nurse residency. In the beginning of your RN career you probably will doubt yourself at times. You might feel like you aren’t smart enough, everyone knows so much more than you. That’s normal! It takes time to hone in on your skills, your knowledge, assessments, and your intuition. Some doctors are &%^$, but it’s ok for you to set boundaries with them. They need you. They should treat you with respect; that’s a two-way street. By six months to a year, you’ll be feeling much more comfortable. Nurse residency will help you develop your professional skills. It will also help you gain confidence. This is a safe space and feel free to ask questions and talk about the hard things. You’ll find support here.