Here are a few tips to help you survive and thrive during your first year as a nurse: 1. With that in mind, set small and realistic goals. If your mind is constantly thinking of work, then you may be at risk of burning out. Try breaking down your day into hourly increments of time. You may have several different patients to care for, or one high acuity patient. When you get a day off from work, make the most of it! Get more news like this - plus jobs - each week. It is very easy to become overwhelmed as a new nurse.