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Newly licensed RNs’ characteristics, work attitudes, and intentions to work

In an effort to better understand turnover rates in hospitals and the effect of new nurses on them, this study sought to describe the characteristics and attitudes toward work of newly licensed RNs, a population important to both the nursing profession and the health care system. Methods: A survey was mailed to a random sample […]

New nurses views of quality improvement education

Background: Quality improvement (QI) is a focus of hospital managers and policymakers. The role of registered nurses (RNs) in QI in hospitals is vital because most hospital-based RNs provide direct care to patients. QI skills are necessary to identify gaps between current care and best practice and to design, implement, test, and evaluate changes and […]

Improvements in Educational Preparedness for Quality and Safety

Ongoing assessments of nurses’ preparedness in quality and safety competencies are absent from prelicensure education programs. Yet acquiring knowledge and skills in these areas is critical for nurses to meet the recommendations of key health care stakeholders. The study presented in this article used a cross-sectional, comparative design to examine differences in reported preparedness between […]

Exploring Direct and Indirect Influences of Physical Work Environment on Job Satisfaction for Early-Career Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals

Description: We explored direct and indirect influences of physical work environment on job satisfaction in a nationally representative sample of 1,141 early-career registered nurses. In the fully specified model, physical work environment had a non-significant direct effect on job satisfaction. The path analysis used to test multiple indirect effects showed that physical work environment had […]

Comparison of second-degree baccalaureate and traditional-baccalaureate new graduate RNs: Implications for the workforce

Description: The purpose of this study was to describe the differences between traditional-baccalaureate graduates (TBGs) who had a baccalaureate degree in nursing and no other academic degree or diploma and second-degree baccalaureate graduates (SDGs) who had both a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field other than nursing. Using […]

Charting the course for nurses; achievement of higher education levels. Journal of Professional Nursing

  Description: To improve patient outcomes and meet the challenges of the U.S. health care system, the Institute of Medicine recommends higher educational attainment for the nursing workforce. Characteristics of registered nurses (RNs) who pursue additional education are poorly understood, and this information is critical to planning long-term strategies for U.S. nursing education. To identify […]

Upward Mobility

The Institute of Medicine, the National League for Nursing and others have recently called for seamless academic progression for nurses. In 2004, in New York State, a consortium of practical nurse (PN) and associate degree (AD) nurse educators developed a voluntary statewide “PN to RN” articulation model to promote educational mobility, designed to move PNs […]