The experience of transition from student nurse to registered nurse in Kuwait: A qualitative study of the perspective of Newly Graduated Registered Nurses, Nurse Educators and Nursing Directors.
During the first year of registration, most Newly Graduated Registered Nurses (NGRNs) report stress workload, fear of making mistakes, not adequately prepared for the new role and lack of support. As a sequence they leave their jobs to less stress and workload jobs. There are several contributing factors to this, including, for example, the reality shock that NGRNs confront due to the gap between what they taught and what they found in real practice and lack of health care organization support. Although a few studies have been conducted to explore the NGRNs transition experience in developing countries, there is a lack of empirical evidence in Kuwait.
The purpose of this study is to explore the experience of transition from student to registered nurse from the perspective of NGRNs, Nurse Educators and Nursing Directors.
My research is funded by Kuwait Civil Service Commission
What is your ideal Research outcome?
There are important potential implications arising from the findings from the current study. Strategically there are implications for nursing policy, nursing practice, nursing education and future research. These issues need to be addressed over time to ensure that the nursing workforce in Kuwait is developed and prepared to meet future health service demands and contribute to the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred patient care.
Professor Michael Brown, Dr Katherine Rogers and Dr Lynne Marsh
Why did you choose this PhD and why at Queen’s?
I am from Kuwait and I got my baccalaureate degree from College of Nursing, Kuwait. I got my Master’s from Bradford university, UK in advance practice. I attend a fair in Kuwait about UK universities, and I talked to people from Queens university about Queens university PhD in nursing. I felt very excited about the programme and I decided to join it.
How have you been supported at Queen’s?
Actually, I am feeling that school of nursing is very supportive for student for many reasons. Firstly, the school keep encourage the students to participate in local and international conferences. They made for us every year a conference in the school encourage students speaking and sharing with posters which enhance their confidence and train them for speaking in any other conferences. Secondly, they encourage us to attend workshops done by postgraduate school to get more training and development. Thirdly they are doing a master classes in PhD student floor, which makes the students meet together socialized and share ideas and experiences.
In what ways have you developed at Queen’s?
I developed a loot in Queens. I developed in my academic writing, my ability to think critically and in my research skills.
Can you describe the postgraduate community in the School and at Queen’s?
Before COVID-19, We used to meet once a week in our School's social room to talk, catch up, and hang out. It made me feel as if I had a broader network, and they were a great source of motivation, confidence and assistance. They worked together to achieve the same goals. Following the pandemic hit, we tried to meet over MS Teams and remember that we were all there for friendship and support.
Where do you hope your PhD will lead?
I hope to join school of nursing in Kuwait as a lecturer after getting my PhD and to do more studies in nursing field.
Anything else you would like to add or advice to new PGR students?
To be PGR students you need to be patient, motivated and inspiring.