This past holiday break I was reminded of the excitement and sense of accomplishment one feels after graduation. A friend of mine recently graduated with a BSN and is now ready for the “real world.” Although, I imagine she’s already had her fair share of that with all the nursing classes and training she’s undergone leading up to that glorious day of graduation (Believe me, I think a job is far easier than school!). In the 4+ years that I’ve gotten to know her, the thing that sticks out most is that it seemed at anytime of the year, whether it be the fourth of July or Thanksgiving, she was always studying or reading or meeting with fellow students on some project. The next holiday break, perhaps she’ll get to enjoy herself a little bit more?
I’m so proud of her though, she’s finally reached her goal, for now… I’m certain she will make new ones, but now I think she deserves to bask in glory of her accomplishment. She already has five different job offers and will most likely take the job that is closest to her home, which coincidentally is also the highest paying of the jobs!
After becoming a nurse, one can hopefully expect a lot of opportunities and experiences like that of my friend, plus that great feeling of accomplishment. With your first “real” job as a nurse you’ll start to feel like part of a team and get comfortable with questioning procedures and standards. You’re confidence will grow and the certainty that you’ve chosen the right profession will too.
With the new job and surroundings may come puzzlement. You’re about to make leaps and bounds forward, but always remember where you came from. The next time you’re having a rotten day or you’re just not feeling it, take a moment to reflect on what it took to get where you are today. The good far outweighs the bad, and the bad doesn’t stick around as long as the good. With any new job comes nerves and wavering confidence, it’s only natural. It’s nothing you can’t handle though, remember what the last 4+ years were like? It can only get better from there, remember, you’re a professional now!
As they say, the world is your oyster. Your options are endless, the only thing stopping you is you. Take a chance and see this great country, city by city, become a traveling nurse – But first, go out and get that 1 year of experience under your belt, take on a permanent position and stay close to the familiarity of family and friends. But whatever you choose to do, just remember what it took to get there. Nothing is as bad as it seems in the beginning, at least not for long. Before you know it, you will be the seasoned veteran and you’ll be able to recognize the strife of a rookie and give them words of wisdom from your experiences.