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Nursing issues
First-career and second-career nurses’ experiences of stress, presenteeism and burn-out during transition to practice
  1. Lobna Khamis Mohamed1,2
  1. 1 Nursing Administration Department, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt
  2. 2 Nursing Department, University of Hafr Al-Batin, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Hafr Al-Batin, Saudi Arabia
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Lobna Khamis Mohamed; lobnakhamis2020{at}

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Commentary on: Rainbow JG, Steege LM. Transition to practice experiences of first and second career nurses: a mixed method study. J Clin Nurs 2018;00:1-12.

Implications for practice and research

  • First-career and second-career nurses face stressors, presenteeism and burn-out during transition to nursing practice.

  • The nursing working environment is filled with different stressors and coping strategies that should be paid attention to in the development of transition to practice programmes.


There is very little research studying the experiences of traditional graduate nurses (TGNs) and secondary career graduate nurses (SCGNs) during the professional role transition to practice. Knowing more of their experiences will provide insight about the challenges facing them. Therefore, this study compared first-career and second-career nurses’ experiences of stress and coping, presenteeism and burn-out during transition …

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