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Out in the Real World: Newly Graduated Nurses in Acute-care Speak Out

Boychuk Duchscher, Judy E. MN, RN, FCCM

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2001 - Volume 31 - Issue 9 - p 426-439

Resources are being spent to develop and implement strategies to attract and retain staff. To further our understanding of work environment factors that affect these issues, the author asked five nurses to reflect on their first 6 months as professional nurses. The author’s study provides insight into, and enhances understanding of, recruitment and retention issues for nursing administrators who serve as gatekeepers to the practice orientations and ongoing workplace environments of new nursing graduates.

Author affiliation: Nursing Education Program of the SIAST Kelsey Campus, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Address correspondence to: Judy Boychuk Duchscher, RN, MN, FCCM, Nursing Division, 1130 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7K 3R5 (

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© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.