Research DIMENSIONPerformance Anxiety in New Graduate Nurses Is It for Real?Washington, Georgita Tolbert PhD, RN-BC, MSN, CCNSAuthor Information Georgita Tolbert Washington, PhD, RN-BC, MSN, CCNS, is a clinical nurse specialist in the Organizational Development of Mountain States Health Alliance, a 15-facility healthcare organization located in North East Tennessee. She has experience in coordinating orientation for new graduate nurses in critical care and acute medicine areas. Partial funding for this research was received from Epsilon Sigma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Georgita Tolbert Washington, PhD, RN-BC, MSN, CCNS, 400 N State of Franklin, Johnson City, TN 37604 ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September/October 2012 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p 295-300 doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3182619b4c Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Every new nursing graduate is challenged to successfully transition from student to professional nurse. The stress involved in the transition can manifest as performance anxiety. This study was conducted to verify the presence and identify the level of performance anxiety in a sample of new graduate nurses. Results included a significant decrease in performance anxiety by the end of the 6-month study period. Transitioning from student nurse to professional allergy can manifest as performance anxiety. This study shows a significant decrease in performance anxiety by the end of 6 months. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.