Hitting the floor running: Transitional experiences of graduates previously trained as enrolled nurses

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Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2004, 22 (1), pp. 13 - 17
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The purpose of this study was to explore the transitional experiences of graduate nurses who had previously trained as enrolled nurses. A small survey design was utilised to collect data using in-depth interviews. Two themes emerged from the data, 'values dissonance' and 'role adjustment'. Results indicate that the transition from student to registered nurse is as stressful and labile for this student cohort as has been reported with regard to graduate transition generally. Industry expectations of these graduates must be aligned to their perceptions and abilities. Nursing graduates who previously trained as enrolled nurses require the same degree of guidance, support and understanding afforded other graduates upon entry into the workforce.
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