This classic primer takes nurses inside the hospital, the exam room, and the locker room to help you survive and thrive on the job—now updated for the post-pandemic world.
“A must-read guide for new nurses and even those who have been practicing for years.”—Echo Heron, R.N., New York Times bestselling author of Intensive Care
In this thorough, readable guide, Donna Cardillo, known as “The Inspiration Nurse,” pulls back the curtain on what it’s really like for first-year nurses, with practical tips for navigating the healthcare system as a new member of the workforce in a world that looks vastly different from ever before. Drawing on her thirty-year nursing career and brand-new insights and perspectives from real healthcare workers, Cardillo shows nurses how to use the principles of self-care, assertiveness, and mindfulness to navigate the interpersonal dynamics that are so key to nursing success and preserve their own longevity in the field.
New graduates, second-career nurses, and healthcare workers of all kinds will learn to:
• find a job that’s a perfect fit
• navigate clinical settings with confidence
• develop positive relationships with physicians, patients, and co-workers
• stay upbeat, deal with conflict and adversity, and avoid burnout
With newly updated material on holistic patient care, empowerment, wellness practices, and cultivating resilience, Your First Year as a Nurse is an essential guide for nurses and healthcare workers looking to survive and thrive in today’s health-services landscape.
About the Author
Donna Cardillo, RN, is The Inspiration Nurse, a transformational keynote speaker, humorist, retreat and seminar leader, and author helping others to maximize their potential. A passionate advocate for nurses and family caregivers, she lives in Sea Girt, New Jersey, with her husband, Joe.
“Should be required reading for all new nurses, those who are recent grads, and those reentering the workforce. It is the most honest, practical, comprehensive, and straight-talking book available for nurses.”—LeAnn Thieman, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul, Second Dose
“A must-read for all new graduates. Keep it under your pillow and read it again and again. Think of it as your go-to best friend and guide to begin—and nourish—your career. It will help you fall and stay in love with the most wonderful career imaginable.”—Donna C. Maheady, EdD, ARNP; founder of ExceptionalNurse
“Gives the reader an education on what can’t necessarily be gleaned from school in a ‘real life’ format.”—Arlene Koch, RN; former new hire support and retention coordinator, CES, Methodist Medical Center, Peoria, Illinois
“The tips and information provided will make a positive difference in getting a job, surviving the first two years, and getting ahead in the nursing profession. It is informative and exciting to read.”—Leo-Felix M. Jurado, PhD, RN, APN, NE-BC, CNE, FAAN; professor and chairperson, William Patterson University Department of Nursing
“Speaks to some of the most contemporary issues facing a new nurse: the anxieties of taking responsibility for patient-care decisions, the challenges of working with multidisciplinary teams, communicating and collaborating with physicians, and ‘finding yourself ’ as a professional within a fast-paced, not always welcoming environment. I recommend this read for any new nurse struggling to see the whole picture and wanting to make their mark on the profession.”—Dr. Judy Boychuk Duchscher, RN, BScN, MN, PhD; associate professor, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University; director, Nursing the Future