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Coping with stress and learning resilience as a newly qualified nurse

Leaving behind your student days and starting your nursing career is a challenging time. Newly qualified staff nurse Kayleigh Peel discusses how she is coping with the stress of her new role, and her realisation that building resilience is an essential part of being a nurse

Leaving behind your student days and starting your nursing career is a challenging time. Newly qualified staff nurse Kayleigh Peel discusses how she is coping with the stress of her new role, and her realisation that building resilience is an essential part of being a nurse

I started my career as a registered nurse three months ago on the cardiothoracic surgical ward where I had completed my final placement as a student.

Although I already had some knowledge of the specialty and had built up relationships with other staff members prior to starting my post, the transition from nursing student to staff nurse was daunting.

The responsibility of my new role seemed overwhelming and made me feel as if I was being submerged. Other members of the multidisciplinary team would approach me with queries, patients’ family members would come to me

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