"What's Their Story?" Experiences of newly graduated nurses learning experiences in a neonatal intensive care unit

Renee McKenzie

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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Abstract

Transitioning from nursing student to Registered Nurse is a challenging time. Narrative Inquiry was used to explore eight graduate nurses' experiences, including their emotional and professional learning journey through a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Graduate nurses were individually interviewed and encouraged to share stories which were thematically analysed to make sense and interpret meanings. Four dominant themes included feeling unprepared, experiencing lack of expected support, victimisation from horizontal violence and deficiency of feedback. This research deepens our understanding of how we can better support graduates' transitional needs in NICU, including addressing generational attributes, managing expectations and gaps in education.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMasters
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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