Stevie-Jade’s final placement initially knocked her confidence, but speaking to her mentors helped her realise just how normal her fears were
After being rejected on the grounds that she didn’t have enough experience, Amanda started to feel that she would never find her first nurisng job
'A job that I already love'Subscription
I have, perhaps, an unusual background for a nurse. I was previously a research scientist, acquiring a BSc and PhD, and then working as a microbiologist at a university.
I first thought about becoming a nurse when a close family member fell ill and I realised that I got a lot of satisfaction from looking after them.
'Learning doesn’t stop after graduating'Subscription
I have just finished my first week on the ward as a staff nurse. Granted I am still waiting for my PIN and I am currently supernumerary, but I’m wearing the uniform, which feels fantastic.
Newly qualified nurses face many challenges - being in charge of the care needs of patients who are seriously ill, having to delegate and often taking higher than expected levels of responsibility at short notice due to staff shortages.
Newly qualified health professionals do not always feel confident about their leadership abilities and may feel unsure of their leadership role
You’ve done it – you’ve made it through your training and you’ve landed that all-important first job as a staff nurse. But how will you make it through the ups and downs of your first year?
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A unique new course for new recent nursing graduates who want to peruse a career in research has been launched in Scotland.
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10 ways to effectively manage your time on the ward Subscription
As a newbie nurse, work on the ward is bound to feel a bit overwhelming but you can use these simple time management skills to de-stress and get more done …
How to decode a job advertSubscription
Job adverts can sometimes seem like they’re written in a different language, so let us help you tell what’s what …
I’m a registered nurse ... so what next?Subscription
Now that you’re an RN, it’s time to find your niche.
Money, money, money: agenda for changeSubscription
Confused about how much money you can expect to make once you’re qualified? Agenda for Change does the penny-counting for you
A preceptorship group programme has helped newly qualified nurses recruited to work in a mental health trust to develop their skills and confidence
Allocating time for one-to-one meetings for clinical supervision may be difficult to maintain. Action learning sets enable peer-group learning, development and support.
A Flying Start for the newly qualifiedSubscription
A Scottish scheme is easing the transition between being a student nurse and qualified practitioner, with online learning, structured study days and mentor support
Introducing a programme for post registration induction and knowledge and essential skills developmentSubscription
A review of in service training identified a need for individual skills induction to guide nurses’ knowledge and provide a format for ongoing career enhancement
How to prepare for your first job interviewSubscription
Regardless of your nursing ability and potential, if you cannot perform well during a job interview it can be difficult to land your first nursing job after qualification
You’re through to the second round and you have the opportunity to wow your potential employers. But how can you ensure you get it right in your mental health interview?
Few things impress potential employers more than knowing your subject inside out. But how can you polish your nursing know-how ready for interview?
How to handle rejectionSubscription
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the decision made by the selection panel or interviewer is “no”. So how do you pick yourself up and carry on?
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