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Nurse education
Professional socialisation processes help facilitate the transition from student to qualified nurse
  1. Úna Kerin
  1. Adult Nursing, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Úna Kerin, Adult Nursing, Birmingham City University, Birmingham B15 3TN, UK; una.kerin{at}

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Commentary on: Frögéli E, Rudman A, Gustavsson P. The relationship between task mastery, role clarity, social acceptance, and stress: an intensive longitudinal study with a sample of newly registered nurses. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;91:60–9. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.10.007


  • Socialisation processes are needed to enhance role transition and improve the integration of newly qualified nurses (NQNs). A particular emphasis should be placed on fostering social acceptance.

  • This study provides a theoretical basis on which an intervention could be generated to minimise NQN stress.

  • Future studies investigating stress in NQN should also consider the influence of organisational work factors including staffing levels, skill-mix and workload allocations.


The transition from student to newly qualified nurse (NQN) is a vulnerable …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.