Challenges for new nurses in evidence-based practice
Article first published online: 15 DEC 2006
Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 107–113, January 2007
How to Cite
FERGUSON, L. M. and DAY, R. A. (2007), Challenges for new nurses in evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 15: 107–113. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2934.2006.00638.x
- Issue published online: 15 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 15 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication: 19 May 2005
- evidence-based practice;
- holistic care;
- nurse transition;
- professional socialization
Aim The purpose of this article was to examine issues that new nurses encounter as they enter nursing practice, particularly in an evidence-based practice environment.
Background These issues are not new. In part, these issues arise from our failure to acknowledge the developmental issues that new nurses experience on entry to practice and the lack of role models in evidence-based practice and holistic care.
Evaluation This article synthesizes research reported over the last decade to delineate the issues of transition to practice and strategies that have proven effective in addressing them.
Key issues The key issues relate to the need to support new nurses in evidence-based and holistic practice, the strategies needed to do so, and the nurse manager's role in this process.
Conclusions We must invest resources in assisting new nurses into practice, which may have benefits in terms of both recruitment and retention of new nurses in practice.