Work readiness of nursing graduates: current perspectives of graduate nurse program coordinators

Missen, Karen, McKenna, Lisa and Beauchamp, Alison 2015, Work readiness of nursing graduates: current perspectives of graduate nurse program coordinators, Contemporary nurse, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 27-38, doi: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1095054.

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Title Work readiness of nursing graduates: current perspectives of graduate nurse program coordinators
Author(s) Missen, Karen
McKenna, Lisa
Beauchamp, AlisonORCID iD for Beauchamp, Alison
Journal name Contemporary nurse
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 38
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-10-14
ISSN 1037-6178
Keyword(s) graduate nurse
transition programs
Summary BACKGROUND: The transition from nursing student to graduate remains problematic internationally with issues arising concerning graduates' work readiness upon commencing employment. AIM: This exploratory study specifically investigated perceptions of graduate nurse program coordinators on the work readiness of nursing graduates, with the aims of identifying strengths, weaknesses and challenges that exist. DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive design. METHODS: Sixteen graduate nurse program coordinators were interviewed from various health-care services in the state of Victoria, Australia. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim and thematic analysis was used to disclose reoccurring themes and sub-themes. FINDINGS: This paper reports on one theme, preparation readiness, and three sub-themes associated with this theme; clinical skills deficits, communication issues and transitioning as an enrolled nurse to a registered nurse. CONCLUSIONS: There are several areas of weaknesses and challenges for nursing graduates in their preparation for practice. As a poorly understood area, evidence from this study will inform curriculum development and transition programs, not only in Australia, but also internationally.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2015.1095054
Field of Research 1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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