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New-Grad Notes - March 2009

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 Welcome to the premier issue of New-Grad Notes.

As a new nursing school graduate, you are about to embark on an exciting career as a registered nurse in a variety of settings. We are here to guide you through your first year on the job, keeping you informed of the latest news and trends in nursing, offering helpful features on the nursing profession and introducing you to a variety of specialties and nursing resources. We hope you enjoy it!














Real World Advice for New Nurses

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor

So, you're a new nurse. How does it feel? Are you overwhelmed? Starting to become comfortable? Adjusting to the pace? Do your feet hurt? Do you find yourself thinking about your patients or actions you performed even after you are at home?

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Super Grad How-To's: Tips to Achieving in the Working World

With so many new nurses, it may seem difficult to distinguish yourself from the pack. But by practicing a few simple steps, you can successfully sell yourself as a super achiever.

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New Nurses Offer Insights into Retention

Exploring the attitudes and experiences of newly licensed nurses, the results of a comprehensive study may help hospitals figure out ways to retain nurses at all experience levels.

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Your "Ah-ha" Moment: What to Expect as a New Nurse Right Now

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor, and Bette Case, Ph.D., RN, contributor 

As a new nurse, the first few months are crucial. At this time, you may experience a confidence-building professional "Ah-ha!" as you begin to use critical-thinking skills in caring for your patients.

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Why Travel? Why Not!

As you venture out into your new nursing career, you may be questioning: Where do I want to work? What kind of nurse do I want to be? One option you may not have considered is travel nursing.
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The Recession's Effect on Jobs for New Nurses

By Jennifer Larson, contributor

Despite the uphill march of the national unemployment rate, there are still nursing jobs out there. Even for new grads. However, it may be a little harder for novice nurses in certain pockets of the country to land their dream jobs right out of nursing school.

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What are the Fastest Growing Nurse Specialties?

By Melissa Wirkus, associate editor

Nursing jobs in the intensive care unit, emergency room and pediatrics will always be staples of the profession, but changes to the evolving health care system will also determine which nursing specialties will grow at an accelerated pace.

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Is Pediatric Nursing for You?

Not only does the pediatric nurse care for the physical, psycho-social and cognitive needs of the pediatric patient, but also the needs of the parents. This requires intellectual curiosity, good listening skills and creativity, according to Sandra Mott, Ph.D., RNC, president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses.

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