TOP 5 YEAR IN RESEARCH ARTICLE FOR 2009
More than 85,000 nurses graduated in 2005, which seems like a large number. Research, however, has revealed that many new nurses leave their positions in hospitals within one year of starting them. In an effort to gain a better understanding of nurses’ needs and wants, this study surveyed more than 600 newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs) to explore their perceptions of their first jobs. Data were collected from a questionnaire sent to NLRNs living in 33 states and the District of Columbia. An option to add comments was provided at the end of the survey. This study collected those comments and analyzed them to better understand a nurse’s expectations and experience.
The content analysis revealed five themes:
It is clear from the content analysis that the working environment where nurses begin their careers is in need of reform.