Role Conception in New Graduate Nurses: A Secondary Analysis

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Amy Renae Purser Medina (Creator)
East Carolina University (ECU )
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Abstract: Background: The new graduate transition to practice process affects retention , competency development , healthcare costs , quality , and assimilation into the profession. During the transition , new graduate nurses compare the way they have conceptualized nursing to what they actually experience in practice. If the observed reality is not congruent with their ideal perception , role conflict and a compromised socialization may occur. Residency programs have been instituted at some healthcare facilities to promote a positive organizational socialization process. Purpose: The purpose of the study is to examine the differences in role conception of new graduates. The relationship of role conception and various anticipatory socialization variables such as age , gender , type of education and previous healthcare experience are examined. Methods: This study is a secondary analysis of an existing national database of new graduate nurses who completed a residency program during the years 2011-2013. Results: New graduate nurses were found to have high role conception in professional , competence and service scenarios. There was no relationship between role conception and age , gender , educational level or previous healthcare experience. Role conception did not significantly impact job satisfaction. Conclusion: Adequate role socialization will aid in the new graduate nurse's assimilation into the role of the professional nurse. Continued study on role conception in new graduate nurses is warranted.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
new graduate nurse, transition to practice, residency program

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