The graduate nurse experience: qualitative residency program outcomes

J Nurs Adm. Jul-Aug 2008;38(7-8):341-8. doi: 10.1097/01.NNA.0000323943.82016.48.


Graduate nurses experience role conflict and stress as they begin practice in work environments of high complexity, nurse shortages, and expectations to become competent rapidly. The authors report outcomes from a study that evaluated qualitative responses to the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey administered to graduate nurse residents in the University HealthSystem Consortium/American Association of Colleges of Nursing postbaccalaureate nurse residency program at 12 academic hospital sites. Qualitative analysis provided sufficient evidence to convert specific open-ended questions on the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey instrument to a quantitative format for ease of administration and analysis.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control
  • Burnout, Professional / psychology
  • Clinical Competence
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Frustration
  • Humans
  • Internship, Nonmedical / organization & administration*
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nurse's Role / psychology
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital* / psychology
  • Organizational Culture
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Efficacy
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States