Newly qualified nurses

Mental health and adult nursing, plus the pace of emergency care – this role has it all

A dual-registration newly qualified nurse reflects on what she has learned in her first year
 Nursing is fast-paced in the emergency department

A dual-registration newly qualified nurse reflects on what she has learned in her first year working in the emergency department

I had always wanted to work in emergency care due to the variety of patients and scope for professional development.

After four years studying for my dual-registration nursing qualification, I graduated as a mental health and adult registered nurse in August 2018, and several months later started as a newly qualified nurse (NQN) in the emergency department (ED) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

The department serves as a major trauma centre to the local counties and receives more than 130,000 patients a year.

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