Essay on Transition to a Professional Nursing

1450 Words Feb 22nd, 2013 6 Pages
Transition to a Professional Role
Jennifer Quijano
Florida International University
January 26, 2013

Transition to a Professional Role
Introduction
Nurses who have prepared to assume advanced nursing roles can contribute to the healthcare system through new ideas and insights in education, administration, research, and practice. During the process of further education nurses are exposed to professional socialization, which addresses values, norms and ways of viewing situations that are unique to the profession. This process will later provide the common ground that shapes the way work is conducted. Such process, forces nurses to go through different models of transition that will help them overcome personal and professional
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The neutral zone of Bridges’ model and stage 5 of Spencer and Adams’ include the establishment of new skills and behaviors associated with the change. The individual feels optimistic and a sense of comfort with the change. In the last stages of both models, the individual experiencing change internalizes the new role behaviors and feels satisfied.
Nursing has dramatically evolved in recent history in response to the changes in society, the healthcare system as well as to the evolution of the profession itself. Changes include: an aging and more diverse population, changing reimbursement practices, new technology and scientific discoveries, new diseases related to social and environmental problems. Changes in nursing roles represent a shift in the view of nursing from simply an occupation or job to a profession with a commitment to the role (Blais & Hayes, 2011). Changes in the healthcare system affect society’s expectation of nursing care. Due to these high expectations, nurses are returning to school in order to satisfy these prospects and are more effective in their roles. Prospective nursing students and registered nurses that are returning to school are undergoing many of the challenges described in these two models of transition.
I recently change my work place and after studying the different models of transition I