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Playing for Keeps: An Examination of the Fit of New Graduate Nurse Orientation Programs to the Needs of Graduating Baccalaureate Seniors

By Jessica DeSalvo

The number of individuals currently employed in the nursing profession is far below the number projected as ideal. This nursing shortage is well documented in the scholarly literature and has been addressed in a number of ways by the health-care industry. One intervention has been the implementation of costly orientation programs for new graduate registered nurses in the hospital setting. Despite this action, many new graduates continue to report dissatisfaction upon entry into practice and consequently leave the position or the field altogether. This study utilizes a questionnaire to explore the emotional concerns and technical-skill challenges professed by senior nursing students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania who anticipate graduation within one year, as well as the perceptions of these individuals regarding the effectiveness of actual and potential strategies employed within hospital orientation programs. Examination of the data is intended to facilitate the development of new graduate nurse orientation programs that are maximally beneficial to both new nurses and the hospitals that employ them.

 

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