A glimpse of the future nursing workforce: the graduate e‑cohort Study

Huntington, Annette, Gilmour, Jean, Neville, Stephen, Kellett, Susan and Turner, Catherine (2012) A glimpse of the future nursing workforce: the graduate e‑cohort Study. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29 3: 22-29.

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Author Huntington, Annette
Gilmour, Jean
Neville, Stephen
Kellett, Susan
Turner, Catherine
Title A glimpse of the future nursing workforce: the graduate e‑cohort Study
Journal name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-4328
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 29
Issue 3
Start page 22
End page 29
Total pages 8
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This paper outlines the demographic profile, workforce trajectory and study intentions of the first cohort of newly graduated and registered nurses participating in the Graduate e cohort Study.
Design: A longitudinal, electronic cohort of newly graduated and registered nurses was recruited into the first survey and completed the questionnaire by logging on to the e cohort web platform www.e cohort.net.
Subjects: Newly graduated and registered nurses completing in 2008 from the University of Queensland, Australia; and Massey University, the University of Auckland and AUT University from New Zealand.
Main outcome measure: The establishment and report on a cohort of newly graduated and registered nurses in Australia and New Zealand.
Results: All NZ and most Australian participants were employed as nurses. Over half the NZ participants were undertaking a postgraduate qualification compared to 5.9% of the Australian participants. The majority intended to undertake further postgraduate study. All Australian participants working as nurses were currently employed in Australia, 13% of NZ participants were working in Australia. Most participants worked in metropolitan areas (85%) in acute care hospitals (81.1%) in their preferred clinical speciality area (79.4%). Surgical was the most prevalent speciality area (17.8%).
Conclusions: The majority of participants are young, highly mobile, have completed a graduate transition to practice and work in metropolitan areas. Retention of this workforce is essential to meet health care demands and replace the large cohort of older nurses retiring over the next decade.
Keyword Graduate nurses
Nursing workforce
Longitudinal research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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