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Graduate nurses’ experience of feedback, support and anxiety: a pilot study

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posted on 01.09.2017, 00:00 authored by I Gardiner, Jade SheenJade Sheen
Objective The aims of this study were to investigate the association between feedback and anxiety, while also exploring the feedback and support experiences of graduate nurses. Design This study used a mixed methods approach. Setting Participants completed an online survey. Subjects The study included 107 Australian graduate nurses. Main outcome measures Anxiety and feedback. Results Using bivariate regression a negative relationship was identified between feedback and anxiety. Further analysis using one-way analysis of variance revealed that participants who received regular and quality feedback and support, reported the lowest anxiety. The second aim was assessed by reviewing participants’ subjective comments regarding their experiences as graduate nurses. Results revealed high variability in feedback and support experiences. The data gathered suggests graduate nurses experience anxiety during their transition from university to professional nursing. Conclusion The provision of regular feedback and support was associated with reduced anxiety in graduate nurses. These preliminary findings highlight the importance of regular and appropriate feedback and support to facilitate learning, successful role transition and improved patient outcomes.

History

Journal

Australian journal of advanced nursing

Volume

35

Issue

1

Pagination

6 - 15

Publisher

Royal Australian Nursing Federation

Location

South Melbourne, Vic.

ISSN

0813-0531

eISSN

1447-4328

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

[2017, Royal Australian Nursing Federation]