The exploration of the lived experience of the graduate nurse making the transition to registered nurse during the first year of practice

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The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the transition period of graduate nurses. A phenomenological research approach was used to explore the lived experiences of graduate nurses during their first year of employment. Content analysis resulted in five thematic areas identified as indicators of a positive transition experience. The findings of this study provide information for staff development instructors, nurse managers, and nurse administrators in identifying practice environment characteristics and initiatives that promote a positive transition period for graduate nurses and increased retention in initial areas of nursing practice.

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