Smith, Susan M. MSN, RN, NPD-BC, FNP; Buckner, Martha PhD, RN; Jessee, Mary Ann PhD, RN; Robbins, Veronica BSN, RN; Horst, Tessa MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CDCES, CPN; Ivory, Catherine H. PhD, RN-BC, RNC-OB, FAAN
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted nursing education and required modification of instructional methods and clinical experiences. This study examined the impact on 340 new graduate nurses (NGNs) at an academic medical center. More than half (67.5%, n = 295) of NGNs reported changes to clinical experiences, ranging from 0 to 240 hours transitioned to virtual (n = 187; median, 51; interquartile range, 24-80). NGNs fear missing important details or doing something wrong in providing patient care. They identified the need for preceptor support, guidance, teaching, and continued practice of skills.