In this article, researchers presented findings from the first wave of a three-year panel study on the work experience of newly licensed nurses. A randomly selected sample of 3,266 newly licensed RNs from 60 sites across the country participated in the study. RNs completed a multipage survey that addressed several aspects of their current employment.
- The majority of study participants held associate's degrees (58.1%). Approximately one-third of the RNs obtained bachelor's degree (37.6%) while 4.3 percent had professional degrees.
- Study participants worked at their jobs for an average of 9.6 months. Almost 85 percent of RNs worked in inpatient hospitals.
- The average job satisfaction rating for the study sample was 5.2 on a 7-point scale. RNs rated their intent to remain at their current job an average of 3.4 on a 5-point scale.
- Despite relatively high levels of job satisfaction, 37 percent of RNs stated they might look for another job within the year.
- RNs reported verbal abuse as the most frequently encountered injury at work (62%); 21 percent of study participants suffered cuts or lacerations and 25 percent detailed one or more needle-sticks.
- RNs described high work-group cohesion (4.1 on a 5-point scale) but somewhat lower support from supervisors (3.6 on a 5-point scale).
- Retention of newly licensed RNs at hospitals might be improved with enhanced job orientation and management.
- 1. Newly Licensed RNs' Characteristics, Work Attitudes, and Intentions to Work
- 2. Addressing the Complexities of Survey Research
- 3. A Comparison of Second-Degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-Baccalaureate New Graduate RNs
- 4. Understanding New Registered Nurses' Intent to Stay at Their Jobs
- 5. The Nursing Career Process from Application Through the First 2 Years of Employment
- 6. What Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Have to Say about Their First Experiences
- 7. Moving on, Up, or Out
- 8. Generational Differences Among Newly Licensed Registered Nurses
- 9. New Nurses Views of Quality Improvement Education
- 10. Newly Licensed RNs Describe What They Like Best about Being a Nurse
- 11. Early Career RNs' Perceptions of Quality Care in the Hospital Setting
- 12. Commuting to Work
- 13. State Mandatory Overtime Regulations and Newly Licensed Nurses' Mandatory and Voluntary Overtime and Total Work Hours
- 14. Work Environment Factors Other Than Staffing Associated with Nurses' Ratings of Patient Care Quality
- 15. The Relative Geographic Immobility of New Registered Nurses Calls for New Strategies to Augment that Workforce
- 16. Predictors of Actual Turnover in a National Sample of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals
- 17. Charting the Course for Nurses' Achievement of Higher Education Levels
- 18. Verbal Abuse From Nurse Colleagues and Work Environment of Early Career Registered Nurses
- 19. Early-Career Registered Nurses' Participation in Hospital Quality Improvement Activities
- 20. Positive Work Environments of Early-Career Registered Nurses and the Correlation with Physician Verbal Abuse
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