Performance anxiety in new graduate nurses: is it for real?

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. Sep-Oct 2012;31(5):295-300. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3182619b4c.


Every new nursing graduate is challenged to successfully transition from student to professional nurse. The stress involved in the transition can manifest as performance anxiety. This study was conducted to verify the presence and identify the level of performance anxiety in a sample of new graduate nurses. Results included a significant decrease in performance anxiety by the end of the 6-month study period.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Performance Anxiety / nursing*
  • Performance Anxiety / psychology