Advice and Resources for New Nurses

Welcome to nursing and to Lippincott NursingCenter's advice and resources for surviving your first year as a new nurse! You've worked hard to complete your education and training and now you are ready to enter the nursing workforce. Lippincott NursingCenter is here to help you as you transition into practice as a new nurse. Your free membership will bring you the latest evidence-based content from over 70 peer-reviewed nursing journals, including American Journal of Nursing (AJN), Nursing2021 and Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! Explore the new nurse resources on this page for strategies, advice, and tips to guide you through your first months on the job.

AJN Back to Basics collection*

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Brush up on the meaning and function of complete blood count components, including the important pathophysiological evidence they provide. Also, review composite patient scenarios to help recognize findings that can inform the plan of care and produce the best patient outcomes.

Building Communication & Teamwork

Communication and teamwork are key to creating a positive work environment and for patient safety. By developing these skills, you can play a role in improving staff and patient satisfaction.

Making Collaborative Practice a Priority

Healthcare is a partnership between all providers, patients, and families. To work effectively with those in different disciplines, an understanding of roles and responsibilities is essential.

Developing Critical Thinking Skills and Fostering Clinical Judgement

As a new nurse, you likely find yourself focused on tasks and timing. As you gain experience, you will learn to see the big picture and become a critical thinker, anticipating changes in a patient’s condition and preparing for next steps.

Ensuring Patient- & Family-Centered Care

Each patient and each family is unique and as a nurse, you must be open to learning about and incorporating patients’ culture, values and support network into the plan of care.

Understanding Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

What does it mean to deliver evidence-based care? Review the basics of EBP, including the different types of research – including systematic reviews and meta-analyses – and the hierarchy of evidence.

Prioritizing Quality and Safety

As a nurse, you will contribute to improving the quality and safety of the patient’s journey through the healthcare system.

Facing Ethical Challenges with Strength and Compassion

Nurses face ethical challenges every day in areas such as patient rights, autonomy, informed consent, advanced care planning, end-of-life decision making, and confidentiality. Ethics guide how we should treat one another, how we should act, what we should do, and why.

Using Informatics to Improve Processes

You will use healthcare information technology (HIT) every day to increase efficiency, lower costs, and improve the quality of patient care.

Establishing Yourself as a Professional and Developing Leadership Skills

As a nurse, you will never stop learning and growing. Explore these resources as you develop in your professional role and discover other opportunities.   *American Journal of Nursing (AJN) collections will open on the AJN website.