Mentoring: improving transition to practice

Aust J Adv Nurs. Sep-Nov 2002;20(1):27-33.


Nurse graduates indicate the transition from student of nursing to registered nurse (RN) is a difficult conversion. This impending change of role and accompanying higher expectations placed upon newly graduating RNs causes concern for students as their Bachelor of Nursing program nears completion. A career mentor scheme is suggested as a way to better prepare final year students for this transition. Evaluations indicate the positive impact the scheme has made on both mentors and mentees as it has enhanced their career development.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mentors*
  • Models, Educational
  • Queensland
  • Socialization