1. Doherty, Dennis P. PhD, RN, NPD-BC
  2. Hunter Revell, Susan M. PhD, RN
  3. McCurry, Mary PhD, RNC, ANP, ACNP
  4. Asselin, Marilyn E. PhD, RN


The novice charge nurse role transition is not well understood. This article reports on a qualitative descriptive study of the novice charge nurse role transition. Rubin and Rubin's responsive interviewing was used. Fourteen novice charge nurses participated in Zoom interviews. Thematic analysis revealed three phases: taxiing to the runway, takeoff, and reaching cruising altitude, each with distinct themes. Nursing professional development practitioners can use these findings to better understand and support new charge nurses through this transition.