Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Vickie Walker

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to describe the experienced critical care RNs' perception of the new graduate RNs' competence in critical care areas. Using the Six-Dimension Scale of Nursing Performance (Six-D Scale) by Patricia Schwirian, experienced nurses from critical care areas with at least three years of experience were asked to rate new graduate RNs in their critical care area on specific nursing activities. Benner's theory of Novice to Expert is used as the theoretical framework. Findings revealed that experienced critical care RNs perception of new graduate RNs is greater than expected. All activities on the Six-D Scale were performed at least "occasionally". Of the six subcategories, Professional Development had the greatest overall mean score. Teaching/Collaboration and Leadership had the least scores. Implications from the study show involving experienced nurses in selection, educating, and mentoring of new staff can be pivotal to each person's success, departmental success, and improved recruitment and retention. Linking relationships between the experienced critical care RN and the new graduate RN can contribute.

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