Students and graduates

Being a student or graduate nurse or midwife is an exciting and often challenging time. Many new practitioners in nursing and midwifery describe being confronted by the complex world of health care and feeling overwhelmed by responsibility and information.

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Many nurses and midwives describe their entry into the profession as a life-changing period where they were challenged, pushed and tested personally and professionally (Walker, Earl, Costa & Cuddihy 2012).

Students and new graduate nurses and midwives often experience a high level of stress. Many report feeling inadequately prepared for the world of study, clinical placements and new work environments and the related stressors (Missen, McKenna, Beauchamp & Larekins, 2016).

In this section, you will find information about how you can prepare for the challenges during this time of your career.