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Experiences of graduate registered nurses in aged care: A case study


Fussel, B and McInerney, F and Patterson, E, Experiences of graduate registered nurses in aged care: A case study, Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 33, (2) pp. 210-223. ISSN 1037-6178 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.5172/conu.2009.33.2.210


The number of Registered Nurses (RNs) working in aged care is declining, with few new RNs choosing aged care in their graduate year. This paper describes a study exploring 11 female graduate RNs' experiences of working in an aged care setting in Victoria, Australia to assist in informing recruitment and retention strategies in aged care. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken and thematically analysed using open coding. This paper presents fi ndings related to the themes of 'free choice or allocated to aged care' 'reasons for graduate choices', 'nature of aged care: a match or mismatch for graduates', 'lack of professional support for graduate RNs in aged care' and 'role confusion'. Findings supported the recruitment of graduate RNs with an initial interest in aged care into the sector. A clearer defi nition of the new graduate RN's role in aged care and a standardised graduate program may assist in increasing retention of such nurses in the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aged care; Case study; Graduates; Nursing
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged care nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:McInerney, F (Professor Fran McInerney)
ID Code:95479
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-02
Last Modified:2014-10-02

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