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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Committee Chair

Rebecca Beck-Little


The transition from a student nurse to a registered nurse poses a difficult transition for some. Benner's model, Novice to Expert, details the transition in stages. It is important for hospital educators and administrators to understand Benner's stages and model their orientation programs appropriately. The Revised Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey was used to query new nurses (≤ 2 years experience) and their preceptors. Results indicate that new nurses feel uncomfortable performing certain skills, communicating with doctors, and lack support after their orientation period. The results support a change in the orientation process and preceptor education.

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