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Prepare for Your First Year as a Nurse

Prepare for Your First Year as a Nurse

Beth Anderson, RN

What happens after you get hired? How do you make a success of yourself?

The first year on the job is often the toughest for new nursing graduates, especially those who work in hospitals. In fact, new nurse graduates account for more than half of the turnover rate in some hospitals, according to a study published in 2007 by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing researchers.

“There really are multiple reasons for [the first-year exodus],” says Patricia Benner, RN, PhD, professor at the University of California, San Francisco and a senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. “One is that nursing practice is incredibly complex. Over the past 60 years, the transfer of responsibility to nursing from medicine has been incredible. I think society doesn’t typically recognize that.”

Because the sickest patients are in the hospital, hospital RNs need good clinical judgment and the ability to recognize when a patient needs immediate intervention-challenges that are especially pronounced in a nurse’s first year of employment.

So what can you do to make your transition from nursing student to working nurse easier and your first years on the job more satisfying? Here are some issues to ask about and consider before and after taking the job.

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    DukeSaintDuke

    over 3 years ago

    4 comments

    I have read a study at SteroidSources.com that first year nurses are put to trials by the hospital and by her fellow colleagues that's why the "the first-year exodus" is happening. Personally I think that it is a good thing because it is a great stress test and if you are not meant for this job then you should quit while at the beginning! My mother is a physician's assistant but at first she was a nurse. Now after 35 years of working in this domain she developed a very awkward defense mechanism against sadness.

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    neerukp

    over 4 years ago

    7492 comments

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    zeebys

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    hay everyone, i just recently decided to pursue my ambition into becoming a nurse. I have researched almost every link on the internet on where and how to start.
    I would really appreciate your feedback on my opinion and plans.
    Instead of completing a 4 year degree in a nursing school, what i have plan for myself is to complete the Associates in Nursing (ADN) and start practicing as a nurse for probably 2 years and then consider to proceed with the a specialty i have in mind which is being a CRNA.
    Would this plan work for me or it is practical enough to have it pattern in such way.
    Again i would really appreciate an experience RN feedback.
    Thank you

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    camelia

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    how can i read comments?

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    camelia

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Hello everybody,i am 42 and i decided to go back to school for nursing (4 years). Is any good school on line that you can trust, I am skeptical,maybe i should not ,but......I would prefer campus in Chicago schools

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    amara

    over 5 years ago

    8 comments

    please link me to any good nursing school

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    SMALLSKATHY

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    SEND INFORMATION on SCHOOLS IN BALTIMORE CITY FOR NOW.

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    yumanda

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Hi i NEED help i am haveing a Certificate in First Aid, CPR, Foundamental Of Health, and Care For The Elderly, And i will like to know if there is any nursing school that would axcept me, near to my area? i realy realy LOVE looking after people please help. I am living South Rhode Island Ave Atlantic City NJ 08401

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    tonyawelch

    almost 6 years ago

    2 comments

    I CURRENTLY WORK IN A HOSPITAL, SO I INTERACT WITH ALOT OF PROFESSIONALS MY BIG ISSUE RIGHT NOW IS TO FIND A SCHOOL THAT IS RIGHT FOR ME

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    chattycathy

    almost 6 years ago

    32 comments

    First year nursing(bedside) is very difficult, patients are very acute. When you are used to doing two paitents in school and then you get 6 or more patients in the hospital. Schools do not prepare you for bedside nursing, that is why nurses leave. There are so many other things to do, however, most hospitals don't want first year or new grads as they want someone with a year under there belt(at least), which where are you going to get experience? The shortage is full speed ahead and it will continue to be so.
    Home health as well would like a year experience minimuum. It is very discerning whe you finish school and there are openings but they won't hire due to the fact that the experience isn't there. Not everyone works through school at a hospital, for a lot of different reasons. I find it very aggravating

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    tjaimesc

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    HI everybody!
    I am thinkin of becoming a nurse but I don't know what steps to take?
    PLease help me.

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    mooncreature2009

    about 6 years ago

    4 comments

    lol im going to be a senior and im very interested....this information really helps!

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    JewelLW

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    Im interested and ready.... but I already have a BA in Biology. So where do I go from there? Anyone?

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    TAMARANEW

    about 6 years ago

    2 comments

    im really interested and ready for the next step

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    toto_annihilation007

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    i am on my first year as a nurse and my first time will be on a foreign country..saudi..i have worked here in the philippines for only a month and i am sure i will have a hard time there in KSA..i just hope ill have the courage to live it through..

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