Dear Newly Qualified Nurse (or soon to be!),
So you’ve done it – you’ve passed all the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and university requirements. You can now breathe knowing that you have got that registration you have been working hard for.
But wait. That feeling of euphoria isn’t lasting and, if you are anything like us, there is a feeling of mild panic! Don’t worry – we all feel like this. Losing the support of your university, access to resources and a peer group can feel daunting. Add to this the pressure of navigating new
systems, processes and a new role. We know you can handle it, but as added support, the RCN’s Newly Qualified Nurse Handbook and network is here for you too.
We provide a whole host of guidance, including how best to make the most of your preceptorship, social media peer support and your RCN membership. This guide isn’t designed to be read from cover to cover – just dip in and out as required. You have joined a profession with history, integrity, heart and compassion at its core; one that gives us opportunity and endless possibilities if we are brave enough to take the chances we are offered.
The nursing profession gives us the privilege of being with people during some of their hardest times. As Maya Angelou said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Wherever your nursing journey takes you, know that you will be remembered by many for how you made them feel and that individually we can be great, but together we can do something truly awesome!
Good luck in your career, we hope to meet many of you online and in person. Feel free to contact us and engage with the RCN through social media.
Clare Manley and Craig Davidson,
RCN Newly Qualified Nurse Network