There are three stages of transition to professional practice:
Every nursing professional goes through all the stages and these are constantly changing due to the evolutions, strict progressions, and ultimate transformations.
Stage 1: (Doing)
This is the post orientation period for a new professional nurse which is approximately three to four months. The initial movement towards theory into practice in the context of putting theoretical knowledge into practice for expectations, anticipations, and responsibilities of professionals at work. Initially the new professional just keeps on looking for someone to guide them, instead of experiencing the challenges by putting theoretical knowledge into practice and debriefing accordingly. This practice provides them with vulnerable emotions due to the complicated behavior of nursing professionals. By the passage of time, on the third or fourth day, the nursing professionals feel that they have been given full patient load which is equal to senior from them (Blegen, Spector and Ulrich et al 2015). This is the most critical time that the capabilities of nursing professionals are not judged,and they are given the responsibilities the same as their senior colleagues. This is the point where the nursing professional's stage of transition is steep, and they feel self-doubt and anxiety about their professional performance.
Stage 2: (Being)
This is the period when nursing professionals have passed three to four months in an organization. The professionals are characterized by rapid advancement in thinking, skill competency, and knowledge level (Zoffmann, Hörnsten and Storbækken et al 2016). Comfort level is gained by the nursing professionals ta this stage and they confront their inadequacies and inconsistencies that are there in the healthcare system. In the initial times of this stage, the professionals start becoming comfortable and start implementing medical and nursing interventions to the healthcare delivery system. At this stage, professionals do not need constant guidance.
Stage 3: (knowing)
This is the stage when the new professional nurses look at the day they started and transition amongst them professionally. They start feeling professionals on their own and desire for work-life balance.
Though this is the fifth month of the professional practice of Mark, in this case, he is at the second stage of transition to professional practice. But here he is on rotation in the Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) in the healthcare organization. He wants to pursue his nursing career in the emergency department by following the transition to professional practice. Although he received positive feedback from senior nursing staff, still he is lacking confidence and doubting his knowledge and skills of nursing. He at this point is stuck with complicated emotions as he is not getting any support from his seniors for the performance in nursing practice (Mroz, Pitonyak and Fogelberg et al. 2015). These are the signs of first stage Doing, that is he must put his practical knowledge into practice by debriefing the concepts. He must understand that this is the point where the nursing professional's stage of transition is steep, and they feel self-doubt and anxiety about their professional performance.
In professional development, the professional should look after enhancing their skills by following strategies to advance career development. Quitting and staying quiet is not the solution to any problem. In the healthcare provision, all the professionals must follow new growth opportunities for both the patient as well as professional (Liberati, Gorli and Moja et al 2015). The four concepts that are followed in Mark’s professional development are
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