Someone shared these pic’s from his girlfriend who is studying for her nursing license exam and found this envelope tucked in a book at B&N:
To: You, nursing student
From: A nurse
Words From a Nurse
So I am assuming that if you’re thumbing through and NCLEX book that you’re probably nearing the end of nursing school. I want to start by saying that you should be so proud of yourself! You’ve worked so hard to get here, and I promise you, it’s so worth it. I’ve been a nurse for 12 years and can’t imagine doing anything else.
I want to let you know that the first year or two out of school is the hardest. But don’t give up and
remember why you decided to become a nurse in the first place. There are times when “nurses eat this young” – and when that happens to you, I want you to refer back to this letter. When you start your new job, find that special nurse to take you under their wing to show you the ropes.
A few other things: be patient, and don’t beat yourself up. Don’t take things personally and when you’ve had a difficult situation, try to leave work at work. When you begin your job, two things that will make your day smoother are 1) learn to organize and build a routine, and 2) prioritize. Two more very important things to remember are 1) be proud to be a nurse, and 2) believe in yourself. Also trust your instincts – they’re usually right! Also be kind to the nurse’s aides and housekeepers – you need them.
A few words about patients: Remember that it’s stressful for them to be there. Sometimes a smile, light touch, or hug is what they really need. Sometimes families can be tough, but hey, we’re taking care of their loved one and they feel out of control.
So grab some coffee and study for the NCLEX. I’m certain you’ll do fine. But if you don’t pass, it’s not the end of the world although it might feel like it. You simply take it again, that’s OK.
You’re going to be a great nurse!
Remember, be proud and believe in yourself!
You can do it!
XOXOXO – Another nurse