A three-month stay in a special unit for newly employed and newly educated nurses provided security and support in finding an identity as a nurse. The unit had experienced staff attached as counsellors and also included professional supervision, specialist teaching by doctors and nurses in ear, nose and throat diseases as well as a written introductory manual. The nurses’ expectations towards the unit period were explored through a focus group interview shortly after the commencement of their employment and followed up by individual interviews at the end of the unit period. Our conclusion is that an introductory period in a special unit can be a method towards giving newly educated nurses a sense of security in their new employment as well as supporting them in finding a professional identity.