International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Goldenberg, Dolly / Cragg, Betty / Maltby, Hendrika J. / McWilliam, Carol
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.468
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Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.667
Successful Transition of the New Graduate Nurse
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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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.
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