EN2RN-transitioning to a new scope of practice
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Background: In Australia, newly graduated registered nurses enter the workforce and a number of these have previous experience as enrolled nurses. For all newly graduated registered nurses, transitioning to the new role can be challenging. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of enrolled nurses transitioning to the role of registered nurses to support the development of effective transition programs. Design: An exploratory qualitative design. Methods: In-depth interviews with a purposive sample from one health service in South East Queensland, Australia. Data were analysed thematically. Findings: The three main themes emerging from analysis: a new scope of practice, perceptions of capability, building on experience and knowledge. Conclusions: We recommend assessment of individual learning needs and support during the transition period which acknowledges previous experience and recognises learning required to effectively transition to the role of a registered nurse.
Nursing not elsewhere classified