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Graduate nurses’ experience of feedback, support and anxiety: a pilot study
journal contributionposted on 2017-09-01, 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.