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Transition and integration experiences of Australian graduate nurses: a qualitative systematic review

Walker, Arlene, Costa, Beth M., Foster, Adele M. and de Bruin, Ruth L. 2016, Transition and integration experiences of Australian graduate nurses: a qualitative systematic review, Collegian, pp. 1-8, doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2016.10.004.

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Title Transition and integration experiences of Australian graduate nurses: a qualitative systematic review
Author(s) Walker, Arlene
Costa, Beth M.
Foster, Adele M.
de Bruin, Ruth L.
Journal name Collegian
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-10-27
ISSN 1322-7696
Summary This paper reports on a systematic review of Australian qualitative nursing literature (2004-2014), identifying common features that impact Australian graduate nurses' transition and integration into the workforce. Two researchers independently and systematically reviewed the literature using strict inclusion criteria. Initially 105 studies were identified, of which 13 met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. The included studies were analysed, and qualitative findings across studies were categorised and synthesised. Four higher order categories were identified: responsibilities, nursing culture, work readiness, and support. It was concluded that proactive organisational support and preceptor availability fostered a positive transition experience, professional competence, and growth by the end of the graduate year. However negative experiences were common; limited support, exposure to unprofessional workplace behaviour, full workloads and responsibilities beyond their expertise, undermined graduate nurses' successful transition and integration. Recommendations for improving Australian graduate nurses' transition experiences are discussed.
Notes In Press
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2016.10.004
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australian College of Nursing Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30091817

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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