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Transition into the workplace: comparing health graduates' and organisational perspectives

Walker, Arlene and Costa, Beth M. 2016, Transition into the workplace: comparing health graduates' and organisational perspectives, Contemporary nurse, Latest Articles, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1254050.

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Title Transition into the workplace: comparing health graduates' and organisational perspectives
Author(s) Walker, Arlene
Costa, Beth M.
Journal name Contemporary nurse
Season Latest Articles
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11-14
ISSN 1839-3535
Keyword(s) Australia
health occupations
qualitative research
social support
Summary BACKGROUND: Health graduates face personal and work-related stressors during the graduate year. The extent to which employers and health graduates have a shared understanding of graduate stressors is unclear but may impact graduate support and transition into the health profession. Aim and design: The aim of this exploratory qualitative study was to identify factors that impact health graduates' transition and integration into the workplace, comparing the perspectives of health graduates and organisational representatives.

METHOD: Individual and small group semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 medical and 26 nursing graduates and five organisational representatives from a regional health organisation in Victoria, Australia. A thematic analysis was undertaken on the data.

FINDINGS: Five main categories were identified: dealing with change, dealing with conflict, workload, taking responsibility and factors that influence performance.

CONCLUSION: Similarities and differences in the perspectives of health graduates and organisational representatives were identified. These findings have implications for current graduate support programs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2016.1254050
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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