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The Transition From Student to Registered Nurse

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The transition from student nurse to registered nurse can be fraught with many emotions. It’s a time when new graduates might be questioning everything - from their own abilities, to whether they made the right career choice, to whether they will ever be like the nurses they are working with.

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The transition from student nurse to registered nurse can be fraught with many emotions ranging from happiness and excitement to fear, anxiety and uncertainty. It’s a time when new graduates might be questioning everything - from their own abilities, to whether they made the right career choice, to whether they will ever be like the nurses they are now working with on their new ward. This transition period is often described by people as a complete reality shock, and let’s face it, apart from nursing, not many other occupations come with the added risk that you could severely hurt or even kill another human being.

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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator who has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching). She is passionate about education in nursing so that we can become the best nurses possible. Sally has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, medical, orthopaedic, neurosurgical, day surgery, emergency, aged care, and general surgery.
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Maria Crothers
06 Sep 2021
This review has been insightful giving knowledge for my future employment.
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Jennifer Collins
07 Jul 2021
Amazing for the student to help with transition to RN
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Darren Pickering
07 Jul 2021
Acknowledging the difficulties of students transitioning to practice and understanding how, as a team, we can support them better.
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Bernadette Quick
23 May 2022
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short but informative
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Jillian Gonzalez
05 May 2021
Very easy to read and understand.
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Maddison Newlands
21 Sep 2020
This is a great short article on the transition from student to graduate nurse.
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Angela Harrower
08 Jul 2021
Good timely reminder as a new grad about what assets we may bring to the role.
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Irene Khan
07 Jul 2021
Great resource and advise for students who's about to transition to their new role as a RN
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Amanda-lee Williams
20 May 2022
Short but reassuring article
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Chernal Watson
27 Mar 2022
Enrolled Nurse
This was a great article to read. It is helpful to prepare grad nurses for what to expect in their grad year
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