Blog spotlight: Helping new graduate nurses over transition shock: Part 3: The "knowing" stage

Nurse Leader Insider, July 11, 2011

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Kendra Varner, MSN, RN, nurse residency program coordinator for the Kettering Health Network in Dayton, OH, wrote in the book Nurse Residency Program Builder, that new nurses go through many experiences as they transition to become competent nurses. In the third part of a three part series, Varner describes the third stage.

Judy Duchscher elaborated on the concept of new graduate nurse shock by describing the transition process as a nonlinear "Process of Becoming" a nurse (Duchscher, 2008). This process has three stages: doing, being, and knowing.

With positive role transition, graduate nurses experience a renewed confidence, sense of calm, purpose, and optimism during the "knowing" stage. Transition recovery may vary from eight to eighteen months (Duchscher, 2008; Williams, 1999). According to Bridges (2009), the new beginning follows "the timing of the mind and heart". New nurses are still moderately stressed, but able to accept the new role and cope with the responsibilities with new energy. Primary support relationships will shift to nursing colleagues; intimate relationships will crystallize. Comparing themselves with nursing students and more recent graduates, new nurses note their own progress with satisfaction. Emotionally committed to the new reality, graduate nurses may begin working toward personal career goals, as well as explore new opportunities and roles within the organization.

Read the rest of this blog post at The Leaders' Lounge.

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