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Welcome to Newly Qualified Nurses' Week

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Welcome to the Nursing Times and Student Nursing Times Newly Qualified Nurses’ Week, brought to you in association with

Congratulations on choosing to become a nurse, and in working so hard over the past few years to achieve your goals.

Training as a student nurse will, no doubt, have been rewarding as well as physically, mentally and emotionally challenging for you. But you’ve made it. So – what’s next?

Well, the journey is only just beginning. And so is the learning.

Read our FREE Newly Qualified Nurses Week advice

No doubt you’re panicking about leaving the protected world of student-dom, where you don’t have to make your own decisions and where you always have someone to look to for advice and insight. Lots of students tell us that leaving that safety net behind is their greatest fear.

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Well worry no more. Our recruitment gurus tell us, in our article on what’s expected of you on the job, just why your colleagues don’t imagine they’ll see an expert turn up on day one. You will have a mentor and people around to learn from – and we’ll show you how to make the most of those resources – as well as your own in our time management article.

The best thing about nursing is that the career is varied. You can go into the community or acute settings – work in people’s homes or in a general practice. During your career, you could end up working with a variety of patient groups, choose to focus on different long-term conditions, aim to go into management, concentrate on research or head to academia to train the next generation of talent. And the best thing about nursing is that you can change your mind about the direction you want to head in several times in your career – and you’ll probably find yourself more employable as a result. I know several nurses that have enjoyed three or four different careers in nursing – and still don’t feel the need to settle.

Of course, it’s all going to begin with clinching that first job, so we’ve asked two people who do a lot of recruiting for their advice on how fresh-faced graduates can stand out from the pack.

There’s a wealth of other information coming this week, so make sure you read it all. Once you’ve done that and are ready to start looking for your first job, head to, register for jobs that you like the look of to be sent to you by email, upload your CV and start the next stage of your journey.

Good luck and congratulations.

Jenni Middeton

Editor, Nursing Times and

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