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AIM This paper reports data from an evaluation study to determine whether new graduate nurses: (1) were satisfactorily matched with mentors; (2) received guidance and support; (3) attained socialization into the nursing profession; (4) benefited from having a role model for acquisition of professional behaviours; (5) maintained contact with mentors; and (6)… (More)
Faced with a threatened shortage of highly skilled, acute care pediatric nurses, an RN Internship in Pediatrics program for new graduates was brought from vision to reality. Goals of the program were to: 1) facilitate transition of the new graduate nurse to professional registered nurse (RN); 2) prepare a beginning level staff nurse who is confident and who… (More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to determine the relationship of new nurse turnover intent with individual characteristics, work environment variables and organizational factors and to compare new nurse turnover with actual turnover in the 18 months of employment following completion of a residency. BACKGROUND Because of their influence on patient… (More)
Current practice for irrigation of peripheral intravenous (IV) locks in children was determined from responses to a questionnaire sent to selected children's hospitals nationwide. Although considerable variation in practice exists, the most common practice is to irrigate peripheral IV locks with 1 milliliter (ml) of a solution containing 10 units of heparin… (More)
In acute care facilities, the orientation period for new graduates has been lengthened to ensure that the new nurse can confidently care for patients. The resulting extension of precepted time places preceptors at a high risk for burnout. To address this issue, team preceptorships during a nurse residency program were implemented as an alternative to a… (More)
Six hundred thirty-nine pediatric nurses were surveyed regarding intramuscular injection complications observed from their practice. The results indicated the need for a change in practice for pediatric nurses when giving intramuscular injections to children.
A survey of staff nurses in childrens' hospitals revealed some gross deficits in nursing practice related to intramuscular injections for children. The authors review relevant literature and discuss study findings related to site description, boundaries, site selection, and complications. Implications for nurse educators are presented.
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY? " I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me. " ~ John 10:14 There's a story about witty and well-cultivated cousins Sylvia and Frederic. While attending a performance of Handel's Messiah, they listened to one of the well-known sections of the oratorio from the prophet Isaiah: " All we like sheep have gone… (More)
The authors describe development of an evidence-based new graduate nurse curriculum that is derived from (1) the duties and tasks that registered nurses actually perform in the clinical setting, (2) Benner's novice-to-expert framework, and (3) group interview information from major nursing stakeholders. In addition, the research-based infrastructure and… (More)
The purpose of this study was to test a social skills and cognitive restructuring intervention designed for adolescents undergoing hemodialysis. A single-case experimental design with multiple baselines across subjects was used. Cognitive restructuring and assertive skills training were incorporated into eight weekly instructional modules. A convenience… (More)