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Title Are Graduate Nurses Satisfied with Graduate Nurse Programs?
Author Reeves, Julie
Institution Australian Catholic University
Date 2007
Abstract The transition from student nurse to Registered Nurse Grade 1 is a difficult journey for many graduates. New graduates experience issues related to reality shock, socialisation, confidence and the theory practice gap. It is well recognised that graduates require extensive support and development throughout this very difficult time. In Victoria graduate nurse programs are a recognised vessel to deliver this support. Quality graduate programs which meet the satisfaction of graduate nurses are required to provide effective support. The implications of minimal support are enormous and can lead to graduates leaving the profession. There is much in the literature suggesting the importance of each of the varied components of graduate programs however there is minimal comparisons made between various programs. As a result it was difficult to measure the qualities of programs. The purpose of this study was to explore and compare various graduate nurse programs and identify whether the programs were satisfying the needs of graduate nurses. An exploratory descriptive design was utilised and a written questionnaire was employed to gain data. The findings of this research indicated that the delivery of graduate nurse programs within this study were not consistent in content and quality. Overall graduates were satisfied with their graduate nurse program although they identified there were areas which required improvement. This project has suggested that the analysis of graduate nurse satisfaction is vital in identifying quality programs that retain graduates. It is essential that ongoing evaluation of programs are completed by graduate nurses to ensure they are satisfying their needs and thus retaining them within the nursing profession.
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