Graduate Nurses in the Intensive Care Unit: An Orientation Model

Proulx, Donna M.; Bourcier, Bethany J.
August 2008
Critical Care Nurse;Aug2008, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p44
Academic Journal
The article describes a plan to improve the orientation of new graduate nurses. Based on a survey that evaluated the stresses and challenges experienced by new graduates in several acute care hospitals, some reasons cited include: lack of confidence in skill performance, deficits in critical thinking and clinical knowledge, relationships with peers and preceptors, struggle with being dependent on others, frustration with the work environment, organization and priority-setting skills and communicating with physicians.


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