Work readiness of nursing graduates: current perspectives of graduate nurse program coordinators

Missen, Karen, McKenna, Lisa and Beauchamp, Alison (2015) Work readiness of nursing graduates: current perspectives of graduate nurse program coordinators. Contemporary Nurse, 1-21. doi:10.1080/10376178.2015.1095054


Author Missen, Karen
McKenna, Lisa
Beauchamp, Alison
Title Work readiness of nursing graduates: current perspectives of graduate nurse program coordinators
Journal name Contemporary Nurse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1037-6178
1839-3535
Publication date 2015-09-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2015.1095054
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The transition from nursing student to graduate remains problematic internationally with issues arising concerning graduates’ work-readiness upon commencing employment.

Aim: This exploratory study specifically investigated perceptions of graduate nurse program coordinators on the work-readiness of nursing graduates, with the aims of identifying strengths, weaknesses and challenges that exist.

Design: Qualitative descriptive design.

Methods: Sixteen graduate nurse program coordinators were interviewed from various health care services in the state of Victoria, Australia. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim and thematic analysis was used to disclose reoccurring themes and sub-themes.

Findings: This paper reports on one theme, preparation readiness, and three sub-themes associated with this theme; clinical skills deficits, communication issues and transitioning as an enrolled nurse to a registered nurse.

Conclusions: There are several areas of weaknesses and challenges for nursing graduates in their preparation for practice. As a poorly understood area, evidence from this study will inform curriculum development and transition programs, not only in Australia, but internationally.
Keyword Graduate nurse
Transition programs
Qualitative
Preparation
Readiness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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