A literature review was conducted to investigate the characteristics of new graduates and hospital environments that contribute to Generation Y new nurses' susceptibility to role stress and the characteristics of orientation programs that help them successfully overcome the phenomenon. Implications include deliberate preceptor pairings, presence of an advisor/mentor, and focus on professional development. These strategies may help improve retention of the Generation Y new graduate, reduce role stress, and foster empowerment.
The authors conducted a literature search on Gen Y nurses' role stress and orientation programs that assist these new graduates to overcome this role stress.
Kayla Lampe, MSN, RN, is Education Coordinator, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
Karen Stratton, PhD, RN, NE-BC, is Associate Director of Clinical Practice and Professional Development, University of Illinois Medical Center, and Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago.
Julie R. Welsh, MS, RN, CMSRN, is Clinical Practice Specialist, University of Illinois Medical Center, and Clinical Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Chicago.
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