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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Cragg, Catherine Elizabeth / Goldenberg, Dolly / Maltby, Hendrika J. / McWilliam, Carol


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Successful Transition of the New Graduate Nurse

Donna M Romyn1 / Noreen Linton2 / Cathy Giblin3 / Brenda Hendrickson4 / Lori Houger Limacher5 / Carol Murray6 / Pamela Nordstrom7 / Gail Thauberger8 / Di Vosburgh9 / Leianne Vye-Rogers10 / Arlene Weidner11 / Colleen M Zimmel12

1Athabasca University

2Alberta Health Services

3College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta

4Mount Royal College

5Limacher Counselling and Consulting

6David Thompson Health Region

7Mount Royal College

8Bow Valley College

9Nordian Consulting, Inc.

10University of Calgary

11Arlene Weidner Consulting, Ltd.

12University of Alberta Faculty of Nursing

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Volume 6, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1802, October 2009

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2009-10-28

Reports that new nurse graduates are not sufficiently prepared to enter the workforce are of concern to educators, employers, and other stakeholders. Often, this lack of 'practice readiness' is defined in relation to an inability to 'hit the ground running' and is attributed to a 'gap' between theory and practice and the nature of current work environments. To gain a deeper understanding of the process of making the transition from student to graduate nurse, discussion groups were held across Alberta with 14 new graduates and 133 staff nurses, employers, and educators. Five additional new graduates and 34 staff nurses, employers, and educators provided input by fax or e-mail. The findings of this initiative speak to the need to examine assumptions underlying 'practice readiness' and what constitutes an effective transition to the workplace. The problems to be addressed are complex and a wide range of sustainable, evidence-based approaches are required to resolve them.

Keywords: practice readiness; workplace transition; new graduate nurse; retention

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