Nursing Transition Challenges and Reality Shock: Despite completing their degree (time) and gaining registration, newly graduated registered nurses often describe a feeling of being unprepared for their new profession. This feeling can range from somewhat uncomfortable to highly shocking and it can have a significant impact on staff retention in the workplace. The following case study shows the reaction of one graduate when she begins her new job in a busy medical ward.
Journal Entry 8th May 2018: I don’t understand what is happening. I was so happy when I
started work in Medical One in February. There was so much to learn and coming towork
was fun – even on night duty. Now I feel like I don’t even know what I need to know to get
through the shift and I’m not sure my preceptor knows half the time. Sometimes she isso
rude to me and doesn’t tell me what she wants and then I get in trouble for not doing it. I’m
not a mind-reader. I notice that broken equipment is not attended to and other staff only
follow the policies they agree with. This isn’t how nursing is supposed to be. I’m not sure I
even want to be a nurse anymore.
Examine the transitional challenges that Jane is experiencing on entering the workforce and using current literature explore the concept of reality shock. Identify positive coping strategies that Jane could use to address the issues she is experiencing. Consider resilience and resiliency development strategies in the workplace in your response.
Due date: Tuesday 2nd October 2018 2400HRS
Length: Individual Essay: 2000 words
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