Australian new graduate experiences during their transition program in a rural/regional acute setting

Ostini, Fiona & Bonner, Ann (2012) Australian new graduate experiences during their transition program in a rural/regional acute setting. Contemporary Nurse: Health Care Across the Lifespan, 41(2), pp. 242-252.

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The transition process from student to Registered Nurse has been recognised as an important yet challenging time for newly graduated nurses. Knowledge about this experience from the nurse’s perspective, particularly in a rural setting, is limited. This paper reports the findings of a qualitative study of the experiences of newly graduated nurses working in a rural acute care facility in New South Wales. The study examined, from the perspective of the new nurse, the orientation and support which can help to facilitate the transition from student to registered nurse. Four themes emerged which were being supported, being challenged, reflections on being a new graduate, and reflections on a rural new graduate program. These findings contribute to what is know about the transition of new graduates in a rural facility and have implications for program improvements, specifically within the rural acute care environment. The findings are also relevant to students considering rural employment on graduation and for the recruitment and retention of New Graduate Registered Nurses in rural areas.

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ID Code: 55302
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nursing, new graduate, orientation, education, transition, recruitment, retention
ISSN: 1037-6178
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 eContent Management Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 07 Dec 2012 04:10
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 21:13

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