Dear Newly Registered Nurse (or soon to be!)

So you’ve done it – you’ve successfully completed your programme, achieving all of your professional and academic competencies, and joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register! You can now breathe knowing that you have got that registration you have been working hard for.

But wait. That feeling of euphoria isn’t lasting and, if you are anything like us, there is a feeling of mild panic!

Don’t worry – we all feel like this. Losing the support of your university, access to resources and a peer group can feel daunting. Add to this the pressure of navigating new systems, processes and a new role.

We know you can handle it, but as added support, the RCN’s Newly Registered Nurse Handbook and network is here for you too. We provide a whole host of guidance, including how best to make the most of your preceptorship, social media peer support and your RCN membership. This guide isn’t designed to be read from start to finish in one sitting – just dip in and out as required.

You have joined a profession with history, integrity, professionalism, heart and compassion at its core; one that gives us opportunity and endless possibilities if we are brave enough to take the chances we are offered. As Michelle Obama said: “The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”

The nursing profession gives us the privilege of being with people during some of their hardest times. Wherever your nursing journey takes you, know that you will be remembered by many for how you made them feel and that individually we can be great, but together we can do something truly impactful.

Good luck in your career, we hope to meet many of you online and in person.

Feel free to contact us, select the RCN Newly Registered Nurses Network on your MyRCN, and engage with us through social media.

You can connect with the RCN Newly Registered Nurse Network on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Yours in Nursing, RCN Newly Registered Nurse Network