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.
Authors' Affiliation: Research Nurse Scientist (Dr Fink); Director, Professional Resources (Dr Krugman); Vice President, Patient Services, and Chief Nursing Officer (Dr Goode), University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora; Adjunct Clinical Instructor, University of Colorado, College of Nursing (Ms Casey), Denver, Colorado.
Corresponding author: Dr Fink, Department of Professional Resources, University of Colorado Hospital, Leprino Bldg, 12401 E 17th Ave, PO Box 6510, Mail Stop 901, Aurora, CO 80045 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Funding Source: Qualitative data analysis for this study was funded by a Robert Wood Johnson grant awarded to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.