Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study of the lived experiences of registered nurses transitioning into the clinical setting
by Thompson, Veronica, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2013, 151; 3577293
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the qualitative empirical phenomenological study was to explore and understand in more depth the lived experiences of the new RNs at a large, urban academic medical center in New York City. The study focused on the influence of the orientation process on the new RNs’ as they assume the role of the RN. Eighteen new RNs employed within the last the two years in the medical–surgical clinical division in the medical center were interviewed using a face-to-face semi-structured questions. The analysis of the data occurred by using modified van Kaam method by Moustakas and the NVivo 10 software. Emerging themes fell into five categories: precepted orientation, transitional experiences, and environmental factors, challenges faced during the transition and strategies to overcome challenges. Subthemes to emerge were areas covered by preceptor, areas not covered by preceptors and role of preceptors. Findings from the study reinforced the essential role precepted orientation played in the transitioning of the new RNs and highlighted some of the challenges the new RN faced during the transition. Data from the study may provide clinical leaders with means to improve the orientation process, improve the environment in which the new RNs transition, and academic leaders with the means to improve preparation of the new RNs. The findings will help to close the gap in literature between clinical settings and academia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richins, Suzanne
Commitee:
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 75/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Clinical nursing, Orientation process, Registered nurses
Publication Number: 3577293
ISBN: 9781303593031
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