Career development: Graduate nurse views

Michelle Cleary, Jan Horsfall, Paulpandi Muthulakshmi, Brenda HAPPELL, Glenn Hunt

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Aims and objectivesTo explore recent Singapore nursing graduates' experience of and views about their career development and progress.

BackgroundThe recruitment and retention of an adequate number of registered nurses is a continuing workforce issue in Singapore and other major cities.

DesignSurvey of recent nursing graduates.

MethodsRecent nursing graduates from the Bachelor programme (n=147) were sent an individual survey; a response rate of 54% was achieved.

ResultsFindings show that nurses rated their self-concept in a positive manner and were most satisfied (moderately to very) with helping patients and providing effective care, and the level of patient involvement. They were least satisfied (moderately to only a little) with prestige among the general medical community and the general public, hours of work, lifestyle factors and research opportunities. The following four factors were identified as significant impediments to career development; lack of support in the work place; perceived insufficient clinical career development opportunities; excessive work hours; and limited access to merit-based places in further education.

ConclusionsSuggestions made to overcome perceived career development barriers are as follows: broad multifactorial healthcare system changes; decreased and more flexible working hours; and fairer access to further clinical and higher education.

Relevance to clinical practiceResults highlight the value clinical nurses place on having access to career development opportunities, merit-based further education and work place supports. These factors also have the potential to influence patient care and impact on the retention of nurses in their present job and satisfaction with their nursing career
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2605-2613
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Issue number17-18
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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