ntroduction. In Italy, children's nursing care is provided also by general nurses who previously worked in adult settings. Knowing the nurses' role transition experiences may help Health-Care Organizations to optimize their human resources management and improve the quality of care. Methods. A phenomenological study was conducted. Eighteen nurses were enrolled with a snowball sampling. Results. Participants' workplace demotivation and physical limitations were the main triggers of the role transition from adult care to children care. During this process nurses have experienced conflicting emotions. Their inexperience in the pediatric field and the perception of a limited utility of their skills made their integration into the new teamwork difficult. Generally, the role transition occurred in an unstructured way. Discussion. Children's nursing care requires specific skills. The results of this study encourage Health-Care Organizations to increase the level of attention on transition role in pediatric settings. Conclusions. The transition role from the adult to pediatric nursing care should be adequately governed also through formal mentoring programs. Future research should be directed to documentation of the association between transition process and nursing care outcomes.

La transizione di ruolo dall’assistenza all’adulto all’assistenza al bambino: studio fenomenologico descrittivo.

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ntroduction. In Italy, children's nursing care is provided also by general nurses who previously worked in adult settings. Knowing the nurses' role transition experiences may help Health-Care Organizations to optimize their human resources management and improve the quality of care. Methods. A phenomenological study was conducted. Eighteen nurses were enrolled with a snowball sampling. Results. Participants' workplace demotivation and physical limitations were the main triggers of the role transition from adult care to children care. During this process nurses have experienced conflicting emotions. Their inexperience in the pediatric field and the perception of a limited utility of their skills made their integration into the new teamwork difficult. Generally, the role transition occurred in an unstructured way. Discussion. Children's nursing care requires specific skills. The results of this study encourage Health-Care Organizations to increase the level of attention on transition role in pediatric settings. Conclusions. The transition role from the adult to pediatric nursing care should be adequately governed also through formal mentoring programs. Future research should be directed to documentation of the association between transition process and nursing care outcomes.
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