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Int J Nurs Stud. 2006 Jan;43(1):59-70.

New graduate nurse self-concept and retention: a longitudinal survey.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Family and Community Health, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South DC, NSW 1797, Australia. meow@ar.com.au


Graduate nurse attrition is an increasing phenomenon within a world of decreasing nursing numbers. The newly developed nursing self-concept of the graduate nurse may provide a key indicator for predicting graduate retention. This study explores the development of multiple dimensions of nursing self-concept and examines their relationship to graduate nurse retention plans. A descriptive survey design with repeated measures was utilised to assess nurse self-concept and retention plans. The key findings suggest that multiple dimensions of graduate nurse self-concepts rise significantly in the second half of their graduate year and that nurse general self-concept is a strong predictor of graduate nurse retention. The implications of this study are that monitoring of self-concept throughout the transitional period for new nurses can lead to early detection and appropriate intervention strategies thereby improving retention rates for new nurses.

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