Investigating the perceptions of newly qualified registered nurses regarding the transition from student nurse to registered nurse

  • Janet M. Bell



A qualitative approach was used to explore the perceptions of newly graduated nurses around positive and negative factors that had influenced their transition period from student nurse to professional registered nurse.


Focus group interviews were held with participants meeting sampling inclusion criteria (n=5) and transcriptions analysed.


Dominant themes describe the participants' feelings of insecurity, apprehension and lack of competence, with positive and negative factors related to orientation, mentoring and support from colleagues. Participants reported an improvement over months to a more positive experience.


Acknowledging  the  novice status  of  newly  graduated  nurses  and  implementing  programmes  to  orientate  and  mentor will assist with the natural development of a graduate to an effective registered nurse.


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