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Get it right from the start

With graduation day over and their names and PIN numbers appearing on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, newly qualified nurses will soon be starting their first jobs.

With graduation day over and their names and PIN numbers appearing on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, newly qualified nurses will soon be starting their first jobs.

For those of you about to embark on your career as a registered nurse, these practical tips will help that first day go smoothly:

Ensure you know the shift start times, the ward or clinic contact number and the names of the charge nurse and shift leader on your first day.

Make sure you are familiar with your new route to work, with a back up in the event of unexpected delay. Do a dummy-run beforehand. Allow plenty of time because it is easy to underestimate journey times in rush hour traffic; you do not want to be late on your first day.

Check out where to park in advance because hospital parking can be

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