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Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31826a009c
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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

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Abstract

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.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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