“One year down, many more to go!” Juliana Valeika, RN, on being an AAMC new grad

“One year down, many more to go!” Juliana Valeika, RN, on being an AAMC new grad

jvPeople often ask me what it’s like to be a new graduate nurse at AAMC: it’s challenging and exciting and it always leaves me wanting more.

In what seems like such a short amount of time, I’ve learned a tremendous amount of information — including the valuable skill of how to stay up all night. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for such an amazing hospital because the care our patients receive is 100% Magnet-worthy.

I can still remember my first day, being both terrified and excited and wondering how I was possibly going to remember everything I learned in nursing school. But you’d be surprised how much information comes back to you when you need it the most.

This past year has been both a challenge and a blessing personally and professionally. Getting a job, passing my NCLEX, nine weeks of working with preceptors, working a day/night rotating schedule, and learning all that I can to become the best (rookie) nurse I can be.

I constantly enjoy the priceless moments: seeing the look on my patient’s face when their 10/10 pain has finally decreased to a 2/10, or being there to comfort a patient during an emotional time in their lives.

Because of this, I have decided to go back to school to pursue my Masters of Science in Nursing Education at Walden University. I want to gain the experience and the education to teach others what I am so passionate about.

AAMC offers a lot of incentives for those interested in furthering their education: for full time employees, HR offers $3000 a year in tuition assistance, while Project Advance offers $2500 a year for associate and bachelors nursing education and $3500 a year for Masters and above.  (The Project Advance application comes out twice a year, don’t miss the December deadline!) Walden, Chamberlain, Stevenson, and Notre Dame all offer a tuition discount for being an AAMC employee. For more information, click here.

I can only hope I will have many more years working as an AAMC nurse! -Juliana Valeika, RN (MSU)

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