Document Type

Presentation - Oral - to academic peers, less than or equal to 1 hour

Professional Transitions: Preparing for Change



Date of Activity

Fall 10-7-2022


People who are anticipating a professional transition, like a change in career or role, often experience stress and need additional education (Manciagli, 2020). Making a career change can be a complex process that can be simplified with a plan (Castrillon, 2019). Amitabh (2021) recommended persons preparing to change careers carefully consider the why, the what, and the when before starting on the complex journey. This process can be challenging for nursing students and nurses to navigate on their own. The purpose of this workshop is to assist attendees in developing a plan to ease the transition process.

The Professional Transitions Preparation Workshop will help attendees prepare for an upcoming professional transition. During this 1-hour workshop, attendees will collaborate with each other while completing the worksheet. By the end of the workshop, attendees will have a completed blueprint to guide their upcoming transition. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be invited to complete a short survey to evaluate the effectiveness of this workshop. The evaluation of the workshop is part of an IRB-approved study.

This workshop is designed for nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) and nurses who are planning or considering a professional transition. The theoretical framework for the workshop is Benner's novice to expert model and Duchscher's stages of transition theory (Candela, 2020; Murray et al., 2019). The presenter will briefly describe his own transition, motivators, needs, barriers, supports, resources, and next steps while allowing attendees to reflect and collaborate on their own journey after each section.


Amitabh, U. (2021, July 19). The right way to make a big career transition. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from

Candela, L. (2020). Theoretical foundations of teaching and learning. In D. M. Billings & J. A. Halstead (Eds), Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty (6th ed.). Elsevier.

Castrillon, C. (2019, March 3). How to prepare for a major career change. Forbes. Retrieved from

Manciagli, D. (2020, November 17). Returning to your career: A guide to coping with career transition stress. Become with Lantern. Retrieved from

Murray, M., Sundin, D., & Cope, V. (2019). Benner’s model and Duchscher’s theory: Providing the framework for understanding new graduate nurses’ transition to practice. Nurse Education in Practice, 34, 199-203.

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