NewGrad Newsletters

New-Grad Notes - June 2007

      ISSUE 3 
 Welcome to your latest issue of New-Grad Notes!

Six months have now passed since your graduation from nursing school. Congratulations on reaching your half-year mark! We at New-Grad Notes hope this six-month e-newsletter finds you well on your way into an independent role as a registered nurse. The articles in this issue aim to keep you informed about the latest in nursing news and help you seamlessly transition from new-grad nurse to seasoned professional. Enjoy!

  What to Expect Six Months into Your New Nursing Career

By Karen Siroky, RN, MSN, contributor

For many new-graduate registered nurses, by six months you are on your own. Your preceptorship has formally finished, and you are considered one of the regular staff. What does all this mean?

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Disaster-response Network Calls Nurses to Action

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

Motivated by traditional disaster-response organizations' failures to meet Hurricane Katrina victims' health needs, the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing Committee have formed the RN Response Network and are appealing to nurses across the country to volunteer, joining a coordinated effort to quickly place nurses in areas of greatest need after a hurricane, earthquake or other unexpected event.

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Make the Most of Your Internet Job Search

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

The future looks bright for college students and new graduates—especially in health care fields—as the time comes to begin their job search. In fact, recent statistics from Internet job site report that 85 percent of health care companies are looking to hire new employees in 2007 and 80 percent are looking to hire recent college graduates.

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Many travel nursing companies only require eight months of experience in an acute care setting before setting out on an exciting professional journey as a travel nurse. With six months of experience under your belt, you're just two months away from reaping all the rewards travel nursing has to offer! APPLY NOW!
Common Travel Nursing Myths Busted

By Claire Brocato, feature writer

Although the travel nursing industry has been flourishing for the past 20 years, the concept of mobile health care is still filled with plenty of interesting—and sometimes misleading—information. Read on to uncover the truths about travel nursing and why many popular myths deserve to be put to rest forever.
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Sometimes Some of the Simplest Things Improve Outcomes

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor

Sometimes clinicians seeking to improve outcomes must turn to technology or powerful new drugs, but when it comes to reducing potentially lethal catheter-related bloodstream infections, simple, low-tech measures, like hand washing and timely removal of unneeded catheters, can produce stunning results, according to a recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Salary Survey Highlights Pay by Region

By Christina Orlovsky, senior writer

Career contentment can be based on many factors, financial gain included. But money alone isn't everything—quality of life must also be considered. A new survey highlights the best parts of the country for nurses to work, based on pay, demand, diversity and livability.

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Pediatric Nursing 

Sandra Mott, Ph.D., RNC, associate professor of maternal child health at Boston College and president of the Society of Pediatric Nurses, shares valuable insight for new nurses interested in pursuing the pediatric nursing specialty.

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