The purpose of this study was to examine new graduate nurses (NGN) perceived comfort/confidence over time using the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey (2006). This information may help reduce barriers to improving their comfort/confidence level and transition to professional practice. The purposive convenience sample consisted of 53 NGNs enrolled into a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) in a large academic medical center from May 2015 through June 2016 with the last data collection in June 2017.
Data analysis revealed the perceived confidence level was the lowest at the start of employment and highest when leaving the DEU. The confidence level declined at the six-month data point and trended upward at twelve months. The NGN’s confidence at the 12 month data point remained somewhat lower than at the three month data point when they completed the DEU. The most vulnerable time for NGNs is between six and twelve months. The findings are consistent with other studies predicting that NGNs require at least one year to become comfortable/confident in their professional role. In this study the demographics had no bearing on the comfort/confidence of the participants.
|Commitee:||An, Heejung, Wertz, Bridget|
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey, New graduate nurses|
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