Embrace Your “newbie” Status


Welcome to day 7 of the #WeAreinThisTogether Student Nurse Wellness challenge.

It’s true that the transition from student to nurse is full of emotions. You may feel excitement and joy in conjunction with anxiety and uncertainty. Others may feel the same. In the Who's on Your Nurse Squad tip last week we asked you to reach out to make connections with other student nurses. Follow up with them and see how they are doing. You can even start a conversation on today's tip below and share this link (bit.ly/3r5thuc) so they can get a #YourGratitudeisShowing giftpack from CeraVe too!

Remember, there is a bright side to being a “baby nurse.” As a newbie, you bring a lot to the table. Keep these assets in mind as you continue your studies:

  • You’re motivated to make a difference
  • Your desire to connect and communicate with patients is strong
  • Your new ideas and input matter
  • You’re more aware than ever of your role as a care provider, teacher, communicator, and patient advocate

Write down a list of what makes you a great nurse. Keep it close by — whether it’s taped to your bathroom mirror, in a nightstand drawer, or on the dashboard of your car. Read it today and every day to remind yourself that regardless of your experience level, you already make a difference.

For more inspiration, browse these new nurse resources:

Tell us how you're doing this semester and in this challenge! What are your stress points? What are you looking forward to? Share here or reply to us on Twitter, in our private Facebook group or Instagram. Remember to tag us with #healthynurse and #WeAreinThisTogether.

Missed day 6? Catch up here. Join us on day 8.


Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Oct 7, 2020 3:46 PM America/Chicago

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My challenges this semester is my motivation. Right now, I do not have any. It is my last semester and I have a lot on my mind, the NCLEX and finding a job, along with clinicals and the exams in classes. I know my cohort is going through the same thing as I am. I am looking forward to graduation.
  • Posted Tue 09 Feb 2021 05:59 PM CST
This semester started slow but right now is getting faster! I don’t feel as much stress points as last semester. However, driving to new places makes me feel nervous, especially if I must drive early in the morning or late in the evening. This semester I have clinical at different locations.  I am glad that people at those locations happened to be very friendly. They are helpful and easy-going. 
  • Posted Fri 05 Feb 2021 06:38 PM CST
I like to ask questions to make sure I'm being safe when in clinical and so that my preceptor knows what I'm doing. It's a bit nerve-wracking that by this summer time I (hopefully) should be a nurse, but I'm hoping that I can prepare as much as I can this semester to be ready for whatever I end up doing as a nurse. I hope to use the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout nursing school, clinical, work, & extracurriculars to do my best for my patients and to be an useful asset for my team.
  • Posted Wed 03 Feb 2021 11:58 PM CST

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