A different world? the transition experiences of newly qualified children’s nurses taking up first destination posts within children’s community nursing teams in England

Angela Darvill, Debbie Fallon, Joan Livesley

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The concept of transition is of fundamental concern to those seeking to prepare, recruit, and retain newly qualified staff. The pioneering work of researchers such as Kramer (1974) who explored the transition experiences of nurses has transcended international boundaries (Whitehead Smith & Firth 2011).The findings are outlined under the broad headings of ?Shadowing,? ?The Visits,? and ?Emerging Identity? and support previous research that highlights how good formal support and the physical presence of a preceptor is valued by newly qualified nurses since it reduces occupational stress. However, the study also highlights the downside of such support which occurred because some accepted practices inadvertently reduced confidence and therefore inhibited a smooth transition. The ideal transition experience therefore necessitated a more individual approach, allowing for different rates of progression. The primary care environment allowed for such individuality which may account for the significant finding that the nurses in this study did not report feelings of reality shock (Kramer, 1974) as experienced by those in acute care settings. The study therefore highlights how the development of a new professional identity as a community children?s nurse is not just dependent on the actions of the newly qualified nurse, but also of those with whom they work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-24
Number of pages19
JournalIssues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
Issue number1
Early online date3 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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