Challenges Faced By New Graduate Nurses

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Introduction 115 As a new graduate nurse, there are many issues and challenges, both personally and professionally, that may be faced during the transition period that can affect work performance. To face and overcome these issues, strategies will be required everyone involved to overcome these challenges. Throughout this paper, there will be a discussion on three of the most common issues faced as new graduate nurse and challenges that are presented during the first year. As well as a discussion of how these challenges affect new nurses, how to manage these issues in their transition to employment and the strategies that can be used to ensure their first year of employment is a positive and fulfilling experience. Top 3 Issues Bullying and self-concept of new graduate nurses 248 Through research, it has become apparent that bullying and self-concept within the workplace is a very common issue, not only for new graduate nurses, however for any and all new professions within the healthcare workplace. A journal article written by Leanne Cowin and Cecily Hengstberger-Sims, focused on a survey that demonstrates the increasing phenomenon within the decreasing nursing numbers, as a result of poor self-concept. Within the journal article, the authors explore the study and the development of multiple dimensions of nursing self-concept and examines their relationship to graduate nurse retention plans. The study suggests that graduate nurses are more likely to have an increase in self-concept during the second half of their graduate year. This is a demonstration of new graduate nurses becoming more comfortable and accepted within their placement. Bullying can be both subtle and overt, ranging from managers to co-workers and nur... ... middle of paper ... ...long period of time, or within the first year of employment Poor time management and tasking skills can also lead to burnout. Planning is essential for managed time as experienced through clinical placements as a student and as a new graduate nurse. Planning is used to ‘set out their day’, by creating a time sheet or planner to know ‘when you think you should be doing things’, such as medication or observations, ’allocating time’ for each task and ‘tick when things are done’. By doing this, each nurse ensures that they ’make sure things are not missed’. (Litchfield, Chater, 2005). Research has shown that graduate nurses have found that planning at the beginning of the shift was essential for checking charts and equipment and administering medication and a time for prioritising and evaluating resources required, for instance a float nurse, (Litchfield, Chater, 2005).
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