What's it like to be newly qualified?
Qualifying as a nurse is always going to be a nerve-wracking time, but when Jodi Shaw started to needlessly doubt herself, her anxiety became a problem that affected every part of her life
Student affairs editor, Alan Brownlee, considers how his training differs from that of his colleagues, and asks if more consistency is needed
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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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 …
Everything you need to know about preceptorshipSubscription
Through preceptoriship your employer can help you transform from student nurse to staff nurse …
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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
How to register with the NMCSubscription
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has over 600,000 nurses and midwives on its books and if you want to work in the UK you’ll have to join them. Here’s how …
The change from student nurse to nurse can be troublesome—but there’s a lot you can learn from RNs to make the change easier. Nurses talk to Nursing Times about the expectations, responsibilities, and why it was all worth it