Dear New Grad,
Congratulations, you made it! It’s been a long, exhausting journey and you made it all the way to the finish line.
You made it through early morning clinicals and nerve-wracking return demonstrations where your hands shook. You made it through dark times when you thought about quitting because there was no end in sight, just more tests and endless care plans.
During the last few years, you likely made it through many personal challenges. For many of you, there were financial hardships, health problems, relationship issues, and pregnancies.
Some of you through made it through even worse, such as the new nurse whose family did not support her career choice, and did not attend her graduation. Or the put-together looking young blond who shared that she lived out of her car her last semester.
One thing for sure- you are smart, and you are determined. No one gets to put RN after their name unless they are determined.
But here’s something you don’t know- we older nurses look at you with admiration. We love your passion and compassion. You are idealistic and excited.
You may think you’ll never be as calm and competent as we are, but you will. We turn to each other and nod “We’re lucky to get her” or “He’s going to be a good one”. We can see what a good nurse you’ll be when you can’t as yet see it. We can spot those of you who will be leaders.
We’re here to put our arms around you and help you on your way. Congrats and welcome, new grads.
Nurse Beth, Author “Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job..and your next!”