In 2017, I was a fresh-faced new grad, ready to take on the nursing world. That was until an email didn’t appear in my inbox and my world came crashing down. Or so I thought. The reality was I hadn’t received a new grad position.
At first I was crushed. But after the initial rejection, I picked myself up. Despite my initial setbacks I started my nursing career in nursing homes and general practices.
My passion for acute care remained strong. I began applying for registered nurse positions with NSW Health. To my delight, I successfully secured a position at Westmead Hospital.
I began working in mixed medicine, neurology, and the gastroenterology ward, where I was well supported by the CNE and NUM.
In 2020, I was initially apprehensive and scared about working on COVID-19 wards. However, after some consideration I was determined to continue serving the community.
In 2021, four years after being rejected for a new grad position, I was successful in becoming an acting NUM in Neurology.
Reflecting on my nursing career to date, I am reminded of a quote by Florence Nightingale: “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuses.”
To any new grads who are facing similar obstacles, don’t let any initial setbacks deter you from pursuing your nursing career dream. Remember: not getting a new grad is not the end of the world. I am living proof of that.
Ashwina Beeharry, acting NUM