This column is designed to help new nurses in their first year at the bedside—a time of insecurity, growth, and constant challenges—and to offer advice as they learn what it means to be a nurse. This first article addresses new nurses’ anxiety at the bedside and offers practical tips on how to prepare for your first day.
In this initial installment of a new column for recent graduates, the author shares preparation tips for the first day on the job.
Amanda Anderson works in nursing administration at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City and is codirector of the Nurses Writing Project at the Hunter–Bellevue School of Nursing, City University of New York. She is also on the editorial board and a contributing editor of AJN. Contact author: email@example.com. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.