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Vulnerability of Newly Graduated Nurses in Clinical Setting: A Qualitative Study

Authors: Hossein Ebrahimi, Hadi Hassankhani, Maureen Crowley, Reza Negarandeh, Efat Sadeghian and Azim Azizi

Int J Med Res Health Sci.68-77 | pdf PDF Full Text

Purpose: The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of the problems and difficulties facing new graduate
nurses in the transition to the clinical setting, from the perspective of experienced nurses. Methods: Qualitative
study was conducted using conventional content analysis method. The participants were 18 experienced nurses in
six teaching and governmental hospitals in Iran. Analysis of data highlighted the vulnerability of newly graduated
nurses in the clinical setting. This has been revealed by categories including: lack of competency, poor social skills,
lack of self-esteem, emotional turmoil, imbalance in demands and resources, inadequate support, and cultural
problems. Conclusions: It is essential to review undergraduate curriculums, develop support programs that make
up for the existing failures, and eliminate sources of distress in order to protect the personal and professional wellbeing
of new graduates and improve retention.

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