5 tips for the New Grad Nurse during your 1st week of work!



There are a ton of useful and needed tips for the New Grad when starting your first job. That first week of work is full of stressors. New names, new faces, new rules, and of yeah… that thing you just learn called Nursing!!!

During that first week of work you’ll experience a new level of information overload. Here are some must know tips during that first week of your first job!

1. Be prepared.
2. Volunteer and volunteer often.
3. Ask questions.
4. Slow down!
5. Self-awareness

… psst…. I included a lil’ something extra…

Care to add any must need tips for that first week?!

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The light at the end of the tunnel. I did it!!

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It’s been an amazing journey. I’m still having a hard time absorbing the concept that graduate school is over and that I can now say I have a Master’s level education in Nursing.
The entire day yesterday was a wonderful experience. Both my parents and my in-laws were able to share this occasion with my wife and I. We all travelled the 70+ miles to attend the ceremonies. Due to the late time of the day, we all pre-arranged to stay overnight in town. So we could have the traditional post-ceremony dinner without the worry of traveling such a far distance.
It was a beautiful ending of a long and enduring adventure. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate it than with the very people who helped make this entire process possible.
Without their love, support, understanding and tolerance I would not have been able to walk across that stage last night. From the bottom of my heart and soul I hope they understand how much it all means to me.
Even with the hiccups of big-city traffic and the ridiculous parking-roullette that you just expect to play, our experience ‘down town’ was pleasant. I was thankful that no one got lost, there no vehicular accidents and we made all of our scheduled events on time.
I especially want to thank my family for suffering through the actual graduation ceremony. You would think after having done this ‘dance’ on 3 other occasions, that I would have caught on to the concept of how ‘LOOOOONG’ the graduation ceremony and procession really is. Even WITH guest speakers that are engaging, brief and to the point,  the event is somewhat torturous. Sitting in one place for greater than two hours listening to people talk and watching person after person walk across the stage is not something anyone would call ‘enjoyable’. 
Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have changed anything, and I don’t regret attending or asking my family to be with me. I just wish there was a better way to pull it off.
To top things off, the waitress we had during our dinner was a breath of fresh air. She kindly delivered my dessert on this plate to congratulate me on my graduation:
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It’s pretty tough to see it due to the bad lighting, but you can see the words congratulations & 2013 written on the plate as well as a picture of a cap with a tassel. All of which were drawn in chocolate!! Which I kindly ate.
I think I’ll take one more day to let it sink in, then it’s on to the next step. I have a house to sell, packing to complete, a move to make, successfully study and pass my boards, before finally starting my new job!!!
Things are just happening so fast… 

It takes a village…

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As I sit here on the eve of the big event, I can’t help but think how none of this would have been possible without help. A LOT of help. I can’t even begin to describe  to you how many moments I wanted to give up, how many moments I had someone ‘carrying’ me through a tough time, and how many moments I wasn’t alone.
In the end I had to absorb the knowledge. I had to assimilate the concepts. I had to perform the skills. I had to pass the exams. But those were the few times where it was all about me. Over the past three years of my graduate school journey I’ve lost count as to how many people offered a helping hand. Some have stayed, others have come and gone, and some are still by my side as I type these words.
I’m overwhelmed with emotions. I’m saturated with appreciation. I’m beaming with pride.
My cup runeth over.
Thank you all for being a part of this journey. If you are reading these words, than you participated in this play. Thank you.
Thank you.