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New Grad Nurse Guide: Advantis Medical Tips & Information

May 10, 2024

Nursing school graduation is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Instead of being an end, graduation represents a new beginning. Advantis Medical provides an exceptional Travel Nursing experience to every travel RN pursuing their dream assignment at top medical facilities around the US. Starting your new career can be overwhelming, but Advantis Medical is here to support your dream every step of the way!

So, where do you get started with getting a new grad nursing job?

It Starts with a Nursing License

Getting licensed is the first step to starting your nursing career. State Boards of Nursing ensure that all licensed nurses in their state meet state qualifications for patients' safety. 

There are two types of nursing licenses: compact or non-compact. 

Compactor Multi-State License

Several states are part of the Nursing License Compact (NLC), an agreement that allows you to have one license you practice in multiple states. You are only eligible for an NLC license if your primary residence is in one of the participating states. However, you can apply for a license for individual states, not in the NLC. 

Non-Compact or State Licensure

If your state is not part of the NLC, you will have to apply for a license in your state. Check out your state’s Nurse Practice Act as well as local rules and regulations for nurses. When applying for state licensure, specific qualifications will vary state to state, but many states require the same basic things, including: 

  • Verification of your completion of a nursing education program
  • An application and licensure fee
  • A criminal background check
  • Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®)

What else will you need?

New grad nurse guide checklist.

For the Record: Your Diploma, Transcripts, and Health Records

It's a good idea to keep copies of your diploma, official, and unofficial transcripts easily accessible to help with obtaining a nursing license. These documents will also assist you with the hiring process for your first new grad nursing job. Keep copies of your health records handy to save time and stress when you get that first offer. 

A Little Help: Nursing Letter of Recommendation

Recommendations can go a long way in helping secure your first job and beginning your career in the best position possible. A strong recommendation can help convey your value to potential employers, so reach out to instructors, advisors, and others with who you have worked closely with. Now is not the time to be humble; be prepared to talk about your accomplishments!

Keep it Up: Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Nursing is fast-paced and ever-changing, and your nursing education needs to keep up. Good nurses are lifelong learners, and Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) keep you in the know and help sharpen your skills. CEUs are required to maintain your license, but they also present amazing opportunities to advance your knowledge and career. 

Graduation is Just the Beginning

Graduation is an exciting time! Your next big career move is ahead, and Advantis Medical is here to help. We are dedicated to helping nurses in any stage of their career, and our new grad nursing guide will help you pursue your dreams. 

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