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The Role Transition of Nurses in a University Teaching Hospital in Pakistan

Lalani, Nasreen S. MScN, RN; Dias, Jacqueline M. MEd, RN, RM

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development (JNSD): July-August 2011 - Volume 27 - Issue 4 - p E1-E5
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e318223660d

In a private university teaching hospital in Pakistan, a study using grounded theory design was conducted among new nursing graduates to elicit their transitional experiences from a student to a staff nurse role. Four major themes emerged highlighting the core category of "sailing forward": stepping into the new role, initial adjustment, support systems, and resolution phase. A substantive theory on role transition was the outcome.

The authors present a study of new graduates regarding their experiences in making the transition from student to staff nurse in a hospital in Pakistan.

Nasreen S. Lalani, MScN, is Senior Instructor, School of Nursing, Aga Khan University, Sindh, Pakistan.

Jacqueline M. Dias, MEd, RN, RM, is Director BScN program, School of Nursing, Aga Khan University, Sindh, Pakistan.

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

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Nasreen S. Lalani, MScN, RN, Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, Karachi, Sindh, 74800, Pakistan (e-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.