What's it like to be newly qualified?
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?
The first time: Being a real-life nurseSubscription
I’m yet to meet the person who found their first week as a staff nurse to be exactly as they imagined.
The day after my course finished my first thoughts were “wow, I made it”, and “oh no”. It’s an exciting, but terrifying time, and to be honest I was still wondering if I was cut out for nursing.
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.
New course for aspiring nurse researchersSubscription
A unique new course for new recent nursing graduates who want to peruse a career in research has been launched in Scotland.
Stevie-Jade’s final placement initially knocked her confidence, but speaking to her mentors helped her realise just how normal her fears were
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.
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
'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.
Student affairs editor, Alan Brownlee, considers how his training differs from that of his colleagues, and asks if more consistency is needed