New To Nursing? 4 Ways to Make the Most of Your First Year

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Now that you’ve landed your first job in your new nursing career, it’s time to make sure you have the best year possible. A successful first year starts with setting goals and implementing methods that will keep you on track. Read on to learn how to make the most of your first year as a nurse.

#1 Learn from those who’ve gone before.

You might think that you’re too busy to add anything more to your plate, but a relationship with a mentor offers insight and guidance that you simply can’t get anywhere else. Reach out to your mentor with questions and concerns, and set up frequent Zoom calls or face-to-face meetings where you can glean from your mentor’s extensive experience.

#2 Get and stay organized.

Whether you’re a fan of a good, old-fashioned calendar or a modern, do-it-all platform on your smartphone, it’s important to get organized. Add important events and meetings to your schedule, and don’t forget to add measurable steps to your calendar so that you can meet your short- and long-term goals. 

#3 Don’t neglect self-care.

When you spend most of your day caring for others, you tend to forget about yourself. Self-care is critical in a field like nursing, and if you don’t prioritize it (put it on your calendar!), you’ll find yourself burned out at the end of year one. Want to end your first year of nursing with a bang? It’s possible. Make time for exercise, buy healthy meals and snacks, and feed your mind with a good book.

#4 Pursue knowledge.

Your first year of nursing will undoubtedly include a huge learning curve, but learning is critical to growth. Instead of becoming complacent when you think you’ve got it down pat, seek to learn more from your teammates, take a class or two, go to a conference, or read a book about your field. When you have the perspective of a life-long learner, you truly will maximize your first year as a nurse.

It’s Time to Seize Your Success

You’re ready to take on your first year. Just take the advice above, head to work, and watch your career grow.