Tips for a Recent Nursing School Grad
At Pro Med, we hire nurses from many different specialties and place them where they want to be and where they believe they can thrive. Most of these nurses have a few years experience under their belt though, and have some sort of inkling of where they want to end up. What do you do if you’re fresh out of nursing school, degree in hand, but you’re unsure of where to start?
Here are some tips for the recent grad looking for a little direction.
Once you find that first job, gain at least a year of experience there and learn as much as you can. For many, your very first job may not be the job you see yourself sticking with for the rest of your career. That’s 100% okay. In fact, that’s normal. What isn’t normal is not taking full advantage of this first year in the workforce. Learn everything you can from this first job. Work in as many units or areas that you are allowed to or are comfortable working in. Ask your supervisors and senior nurses questions. DON’T fly under the radar and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your goal in your first year out of school should be to be a sponge and absorb everything you hear and see.
Be confident. Easier said than done, we know. Even if you don’t feel confident, act confident. The more open you make yourself, the more you will learn from the people around you. Plus, it’s always beneficial to make friends with experienced nurses and have a couple of great mentors as your start your nursing journey.
Begin working towards certain certifications. For RN grads, getting your ACLS certification opens you up to higher acuity floors, which can turn into a higher rate of pay. At Pro Med, we also highly recommend getting your BSN. Achieving a BSN paves the way for better and higher paying job opportunities. Studies show that your annual income can increase by up to $22,000 after getting a BSN. For LPNs, IV Certification is becoming a must. At Pro Med, we are Joint Commission certified so we require all LPNs to be IV Certified.
Never stop learning! The more doors you open seeking knowledge, the better chance you will have finding your dream position.
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