From student to newly qualified nurse: making a successful transition


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Nursing Standard Podcast


Taking up your first post as a newly qualified nurse (NQN) can be daunting – but does it need to be this way?Can it instead be a positive rite of passage after three years of training?Former director of nursing Emily McWhirter, who is now a consultant advisor, joins Nursing Standard editor Flavia Munn to share tips on how NQNs can navigate this transition.She provides practical examples of ways to deal with anxiety during the course of the working day including a quick reset exercise taken from her time in the Air Ambulance.Dr McWhirter also explains the need to test yourself as a new nurse yet also use the support of the team – and shares her wisdom on being a ‘good human not a great hero’.For more episodes of the Nursing Standard podcast, visit See for privacy and opt-out information.