In this assignment, the student will be producing a 4‐5 page essay that includes the following components: • Transition into the Professional Nursing Role:  Identify actions to be considered in the transition  from student to BSN graduate nurse including: o Identify the state in which the student is seeking employment. o Detail a minimum of three (3) criteria set forth by the Board of Nursing for obtaining an RN  license in that state. o Conduct a new BSN graduate job search in a 30 mile radius of where the student lives or  plans to relocate.   Provide the details of what is required to submit an application for hire for the top  two choices of employment. • Holistic Life Balance:  Provide a description of the ways in which the student intends to maintain  holistic balance in their personal life as well as in the role of professional nurse within the first  year and at five years. • Stressors and Challenges:  Identify known stressors and anticipated challenges as well as plans for  managing each of them within the first year and at five years. • Lifelong Learning:  Determine a plan for lifelong learning and educational development anticipated within  the first year and at five years. o This plan can include, but is not limited to, specialty certification, advanced nursing education, and  the pursuit of formal education outside of the nursing discipline. • Professional Contributions:  Summarize plans for contributing to at least one professional nursing  community as well as the student’s general community in the healthcare professional role within  the first year and at five years • Scholarly Resources: o A minimum of three (3) peer‐reviewed scholarly sources are required in support of this  assignment. o A minimum of one (1) professional nursing organization website or Board of Nursing website is  required in support of this assignment. PREPARING THE ASSIGNMENT • Maximum of 4‐5 pages including the title page and the reference page. • Students may find the following list of resources helpful in completing the assignment: o American Nurses Credentialing Center at  http://www.nursecredentialing.org/certification.aspx o Board of Nursing Contact at https://www.ncsbn.org/contact‐bon.htm o Holistic Nursing at http://www.ahna.org/About‐Us/What‐is‐Holistic‐Nursing o National Council of State Boards of Nursing at https://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm o Nursing Community at http://www.thenursingcommunity.org/ o Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at http://www.rwjf.org/ o Sigma Theta Tau International  at http://www.nursingsociety.org • The sources cited both in text and on the reference page for this assignment will be formatted  according APA 6th edition guidelines.

Transitioning into the professional nursing role is a significant step for a student nurse to undertake. It requires the identification of actions and considerations that will facilitate a smooth transition from being a student to becoming a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduate nurse. In this essay, we will explore the transition process, focusing on the state of California as the employment destination. We will also discuss the criteria set forth by the California Board of Nursing for obtaining an RN license, conduct a job search within a 30-mile radius, and detail the application requirements for the top two choices of employment.

California is known to have strict requirements for obtaining an RN license. The California Board of Nursing has established specific criteria that must be met by graduates seeking licensure in the state. Three key criteria for obtaining an RN license in California include completing an approved nursing program, passing the NCLEX-RN examination, and submitting the required documents to the Board of Nursing. Firstly, graduates must meet the educational requirements by completing a nursing program that is approved by the California Board of Nursing. Secondly, passing the NCLEX-RN examination is essential for obtaining an RN license. The NCLEX-RN is a national licensing examination that ensures the candidate possesses the knowledge and competency to provide safe and effective nursing care. Lastly, graduates must submit the necessary documents to the California Board of Nursing, which may include an application form, transcripts, fingerprinting, and fees.

In order to gain insight into the job opportunities available to new BSN graduates in the specified area, a job search was conducted within a 30-mile radius of the student’s residence. The purpose of this search was to identify potential employment options and understand the application requirements. The top two choices of employment were selected, and their application requirements were examined in detail. These requirements may include submitting a resume, cover letter, and references, as well as completing an online application or attending an in-person interview.

Maintaining holistic life balance is crucial for a nurse’s well-being and professional success. The student should consider ways to ensure balance in their personal life, as well as in their role as a professional nurse during the first year and at five years of practice. This may include setting boundaries, prioritizing self-care, engaging in activities outside of work, and seeking support from family and friends. Within the professional role, maintaining balance can involve managing stress, practicing self-reflection and mindfulness, and fostering a positive work environment.

Identifying and addressing potential stressors and challenges is essential for a new BSN graduate nurse. These stressors and challenges may arise from various sources, such as the transition from student to professional role, dealing with a demanding workload, adapting to a new work environment, and managing patient care responsibilities. In order to manage these stressors, the student should develop a plan that includes strategies such as seeking support from colleagues and mentors, practicing self-care, setting realistic goals, and utilizing stress management techniques.

Lifelong learning is a fundamental aspect of professional nursing practice. As a new BSN graduate nurse, it is important to develop a plan for ongoing education and professional development. This plan may include pursuing specialty certification, engaging in advanced nursing education, attending conferences and workshops, participating in research or quality improvement projects, and seeking out opportunities for collaboration and mentorship.

Contributing to professional nursing communities is a valuable way to enhance one’s nursing practice and make a positive impact. The student should consider plans for actively participating in at least one professional nursing community, as well as contributing to the general community in the healthcare professional role. This may involve joining professional nursing organizations, volunteering for healthcare-related initiatives, participating in advocacy efforts, and sharing knowledge and expertise with colleagues and the public.

In conclusion, transitioning into the professional nursing role requires careful consideration and planning. This essay has explored the actions to be considered in the transition from student to BSN graduate nurse. It has discussed the criteria set forth by the California Board of Nursing for obtaining an RN license in the state. Additionally, a job search was conducted within a 30-mile radius, and the application requirements for the top two choices of employment were detailed. Holistic life balance, management of stressors and challenges, lifelong learning, and professional contributions were also addressed. By embracing these components, the student nurse will be well-prepared for a successful transition into the professional nursing role.