"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 12 - Dear Brand New Nurse...
What I want you to know – The nursing field is too big for you to be stuck doing something you don’t enjoy. If you don’t like your department, find something new! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, no one knows it all. Find a good work/life balance. Learn effective communication skills (stand up for yourself). Don’t be afraid to say “no” to picking up shifts. Everything is hard before it’s easy. You got this.