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Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2017, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 357) Last page : ( 362)
Print ISSN : 2231-1149. Online ISSN : 2349-2996.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2349-2996.2017.00071.4

Novel Nurses Perception of Role Transition from Nursing Student to Practice Nurse in South East of Iran

Zarandy Narjes Pourbahaaddini1,*, Razban Farideh2, Noohi Esmat3, Noohi Esmat3

1PhD Candidate in Nursing, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Islamic Azad University, Kerman Branch, Kerman, Iran

2PhD Candidate in Nursing, Nursing Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman, Iran

*Corresponding Author Email: npbzarandy@yahoo.com

Online published on 18 September, 2017.


Background and Aim

The transition from nursing student to practice nurse is stressful, challenging and dreadful process which can negatively effects on nursing care. This study was conducted to determine novel nurses ’perception of role transition from nursing student to practice nurse.


In this cross-sectional study, all novel nurses who employed in hospitals supervised by Kerman University of Medical Sciences were recruited. Novel nurses’ perception of role transition was examined by NPRTS questionnaire. The data were analyzed by descriptive and analytic statistics and SPSS19 software.


Findings showed that, 131 novel nurses who participated in this study, had perceived moderate level of simplicity (3.05 ± 0.64 from 5) during the process of role transition. The least perception of role transition ease were respectively related to the categories of Collegial Relationships (2.87 ± 0.77), Understanding of the Role by Clients (3.00 ± 1.03) and Confidence, Comfort, and Competence (3.19 ± 0.72). Nurses who graduated from Islamic Azad Universities, Nurses who had the chance to choose their work place and who pass orientation program, represent more perception of role transition ease compare to others.


This study confirmed that the two factors including “autonomy in selecting work place” and “passing orientation program” are related to the alleviation of role transition challenges. The other strategies that might enhance novel nurses’ sense of competence, confidence, and belonging are pregraduational educations, students’ residency in hospital, interships programs, preceptorships or mentorships programs, and peer support.



Novel nurses, Perception, Role transition.


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