Transition experiences of newly graduated Filipino nurses in a resource-scarce rural health care setting: A qualitative study

Leodoro J. Labrague*, Denise McEnroe-Pettite, Michael C. Leocadio

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Problem: Without a doubt, the transition to a professional nursing role is a challenging and stressful experience for many new nurses, regardless of where they are employed; yet, no study has been conducted to comprehend in detail the transition experiences of newly graduated nurses employed in a resource-scarce rural health care setting. Purpose: This study describes the transition experiences of newly graduated Filipino nurses during their initial clinical placement process. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological approach using structured interviews with 15 newly graduated Filipino nurses were used along with the Coliazzi's methodological framework for data analysis. Findings: Four distinct themes emerged from the content analysis, as follows: experiencing transition shock, feeling pressured, learning excitement, and needing support. Conclusions: Similar to the findings of other international studies, newly graduated Filipino nurses described their transition experiences as a stressful and challenging journey. Both academic and nursing administration team members can play key roles in facilitating a smooth transition and the integration of new nurses into the nursing workforce through the employment of evidence-based educational and structured organizational strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-306
Number of pages9
JournalNursing Forum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • new graduate
  • novice
  • nursing
  • reality shock
  • transition
  • transition shock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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