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New-to-Setting Nurse Transitions

A Concept Analysis

Chicca, Jennifer, MS, RN; Bindon, Susan, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: March/April 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 66–75
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000530

New graduate nurses transitioning to practice have gained significant attention and dedicated resources. Less obvious are the transitions experienced nurses make to new settings or specialties during their careers. Experienced nurses still need support as they make these adjustments. This article explores the concept of nurse transition and specifically analyzes the concept of new-to-setting nurse transition. Nursing professional development practitioners and others can support experienced nurses through the challenges of new-to-setting transitions.

Jennifer Chicca MS, RN, is Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Assistant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Susan Bindon DNP, RN-BC, CNE, is Assistant Professor, Institute for Educators and Director, Post-Master’s DNP Program, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jennifer Chicca, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1010 Oakland Avenue, 215 Johnson Hall, Indiana, PA 15705 (e-mail:

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