The Shock of Reality: Digital Storytelling with Newly Qualified Nurses

  • Gemma Stacey


Dr Stacey describes the experience of working with a group of newly qualified mental health nurses to develop digital stories about their early experience of the transition from study to practice, sometimes referred to as ‘the shock of reality.’ The stories that emerged consider the implications of exposure to traumatic events, poor resources and support, conflicts in personal values and expectations of self. The chapter then discusses the experience of making the stories and how they have influenced others preparing for the transition to practice. Consideration is given to the ways in which stories can be used to minimise the reality shock associated with the transition to practice with a view to influencing the stories of future newly qualified nurses.

The stories created as part of this project can be viewed at


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gemma Stacey
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  1. 1.School of Health Sciences, Royal Derby HospitalUniversity of NottinghamDerbyUK

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