The aim of this assessment is to arm students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully transition to a graduate registered nurse. Despite the years applied to completing their degree and gaining registration, newly graduated registered nurses often have feelings of being unprepared for their new role. These feelings can range from somewhat uncomfortable to highly shocking and can have a significant impact on staff retention in the workplace. The following case study shows the reaction of one graduate, Susan, when she begins her new job in a busy medical ward.