The Role Of Professional Socialization During The Transition Period

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Introduction Professional socialization occurs when individuals are exposed to different socialization agents including clients, peers, faculty, healthcare professionals and family. The process of professional socialization is aimed at allowing individuals to communicate successfully. Students get the opportunity to learn diverse experiences by interacting with the agents, and this facilitates professional development. New graduate nurses have high turnover rates due to the gap in theory and practice and reality shock. Professional socialization decreases the tension and encourages adaptation during the transition period. The paper provides a summary of Feng and Tsai (2012) study, identifies the challenges I will face socializing into my new role (registered nurse) and strategies to facilitate socialization. Summary Feng and Tsai (2012) examined the socialization experience of new graduate nurses transitioning to professional roles and noted that they face numerous challenges then moving to their new roles. Thus, they should be socialized into the nursing practice. Nurses should learn formal and informal regulations and rules of the healthcare facilities as they influence their behaviors. Most of the new graduate nurses have the competencies needed to become registered nurses, but feel they are unprepared for the expectation of the new roles. Scholars have expressed concerns regarding the difference between the values taught in nursing schools and the realities of the

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