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  1. Lalani, Nasreen S. MScN, RN
  2. Dias, Jacqueline M. MEd, RN, RM


In a private university teaching hospital in Pakistan, a study using grounded theory design was conducted among new nursing graduates to elicit their transitional experiences from a student to a staff nurse role. Four major themes emerged highlighting the core category of "sailing forward": stepping into the new role, initial adjustment, support systems, and resolution phase. A substantive theory on role transition was the outcome.