The nature and implications of support in graduate nurse transition programs : an Australian study

Johnstone, Megan-Jane, Kanitsaki, Olga and Currie, Tracey 2008, The nature and implications of support in graduate nurse transition programs : an Australian study, Journal of professional nursing, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 46-53, doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.06.003.

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Title The nature and implications of support in graduate nurse transition programs : an Australian study
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Kanitsaki, Olga
Currie, Tracey
Journal name Journal of professional nursing
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 53
Total pages 8
Publisher W.B. Saunders Co.
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2008-01
ISSN 8755-7223
Summary It is widely recognized that support is critical to graduate nurse transition from novice to advanced beginner-level practitioner and to the integration of neophyte practitioners into safe and effective organizational processes. Just what constitutes support, however, and why (if at all) support is important, when, ideally, support should be given, by whom, how, and for how long, have not been systematically investigated. Building on the findings (previously reported) of a yearlong study that had, as its focus, an exploration and description of processes influencing the successful integration of new graduate nurses into safe and effective organizational processes and systems, the findings presented in this article strongly suggest that support is critical to the process of graduate nurse transition, and that integration into “the system” is best provided during the first 4 weeks of a graduate nurse transition program and thereafter at the beginning of each ward rotation; that “informal teachers” and the graduate nurses themselves are often the best sources of support; and that the most potent barriers to support being provided are the untoward attitudes of staff toward new graduates. Drawing on the overall findings of the study, a new operational definition of support is proposed and recommendations are made for future comparative research on the issue.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.06.003
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, W.B. Saunders
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