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The Transition From Student to New Registered Nurse in Professional Practice

Thomas, Cynthia M. EdD, RNC, CDONA; Bertram, Evelyn MS, RN; Allen, Roberta L. MA, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: September/October 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 5 - p 243–249
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31826a009c
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This qualitative study presents the transition experience of new registered nurses during the first year of professional practice. Four themes emerged: feelings of frustration and being overwhelmed, preceptors, fear, and the orientation process. The orientation process, quality, competent preceptors, and reducing lateral violence are key strategies to successfully retain new nurses. Nurse educators have a crucial role during nurse orientation, training preceptors, and reducing violent behaviors in the workplace.

The authors describe a qualitative study designed to increase understanding of the transition process from new graduate to registered nurse.

Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, RNC, CDONA, is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Evelyn Bertram, MS, RN, is Clinical Faculty, School of Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and Director of Intensive Care Unit, Community Hospital Anderson, Indiana.

Roberta L. Allen, MA, RN, is Clinical Faculty, School of Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, RNC, CDONA, School of Nursing, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 (e-mail: cmthomas@bsu.edu).

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.