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From student to staff nurse: advice for a smooth transition

How to make the most of preceptorship, plus practical tips from educators and new registrants
Sucad Yousuf and Idiatu Arewa

How to make the most of preceptorship, plus practical tips from experts and new registrants

Making the transition from being a nursing student to a fully fledged professional can be tough.

‘Some adjust to it more quickly than others,’ says Jan Draper, professor of nursing at the Open University. ‘There is definitely a phase where people feel they’re in limbo. Then it settles, they get through to the other side and feel comfortable in their new skin.’

Anticipate how you’ll feel

Being held responsible and accountable is among the key challenges. ‘As a student, you have the protection of your mentor,’ says Professor Draper. ‘Some of the phrases I hear people using include “the buck stops here now”.

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