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Recent graduate nurse views of nursing, work and leadership

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Cleary, M and Horsfall, J and Jackson, D and Muthulakshmi, P and Hunt, GE, Recent graduate nurse views of nursing, work and leadership, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, (19-20) pp. 2904-2911. ISSN 0962-1067 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/jocn.12230

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To assess recent nurse graduates of a large university and seeks their views of university preparation, requisite nursing skills and qualities, workplace transition, supports received, nurse leadership and role models, and career development and retention.

BACKGROUND: Concern about attracting and retaining registered nurses is a continuing workforce issue in parts of Asia and throughout the world.

DESIGN: Qualitative interviews with recent nursing graduates.

METHODS: Seventeen face-to-face interviews took place using a structured schedule of 23 questions. Data were coded and analysed by hand to determine clusters of interest and develop themes.

RESULTS: Four broad topics emerged: (1) skills and qualities graduates consider central to nursing; (2) the support they received during the transition from graduate to novice practitioner and that which continues; (3) elements they value in nursing role models and leaders; and (4) the ward characteristics that will encourage them to remain in nursing and develop a career. Interviewees expressed concerns about retention-related issues, making suggestions for improvements. Unique findings focus on the blaming culture that many respondents consider they are working in, and the system whereby they are not free to access postgraduate studies until a specific time frame has elapsed, and when they do pursue further studies, they are bonded to the auspicing hospital/health service.

CONCLUSIONS: Responses unique to this research are the explicit concerns about a blaming culture, and complaints about rigid rules (bonding system) that virtually prevent an individual from accessing postgraduate studies independent of the hospital system. Interviewees strongly resent the bonding system that indentures them to that place of work.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Quality health care is dependent on a well-educated, sustainable and skilled nursing workforce. Recognition of the concerns of newly graduated nurses in relation to nursing skill acquisition, workplace support issues and career concerns can assist in ensuring these issues are adequately addressed and in turn contribute to a stronger, more stable and competent nursing workforce.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autonomy; leadership; nursing skills; retention; role modelling; support; transition
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:107483
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-17
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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