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Adequacy of support for new graduates during their transition into the workplace: A Queensland, Australia study

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  • Victoria Parker RN GradDipCritCare BHSc MN MRCNA,

    1. Lecturer in Nursing, Faculty of Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
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  • Ashley Plank DipTeaching BSc MSc(Hons) PhD,

    1. Department of Mathematics and Computing, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
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  • Desley Hegney RN BA(Hons) PhD FRCNA

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    1. Chair of Rural Nursing, Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
      Desley Hegney, Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health, University of Southern Queensland, PO Darling Heights, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia. Email: hegney@usq.edu.au
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Desley Hegney, Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health, University of Southern Queensland, PO Darling Heights, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Australia. Email: hegney@usq.edu.au

Abstract

In 2001, a study into issues of concern to assistant-in-nursing, registered and enrolled nurse members of the Queensland Nurses Union was undertaken. Approximately equal numbers of nurses from each of the aged care, acute private and acute public sectors were surveyed. Overall, 1477 nurses responded, representing a response rate of 53%. This article focuses on one aspect of the study—the perceived adequacy of support offered to new nursing graduates as they exit university and begin their transition into the workplace. In particular, responses from nurses are compared with professional level or current role designation, age, time spent in the workplace and health sector. Considerable divergence of opinion among the respondents, particularly across designation, age and years of experience, was found within the three sectors. For example, in the public and private employment sectors, older and more experienced nurses were more likely to perceive the support for new nurses as adequate compared to younger and less experienced nurses. Additionally, in the acute private sector, the more senior the nurse the more likely the perception that there was adequate preparation for new graduates entering the workforce.

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