Name: Fatmah Kreedi
Research Theme: Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
Research Title: New Graduate Nurses Experiences of the Transition from Student Nurse to Registered Nurse in Kuwait, A Qualitative Exploration
Research Interests: Self-development- Research in Healthcare
Supervisors: Professor Michael Brown, Dr Lynne Marsh
Nurses play a vital role in health improvement, disease prevention and the provision of health care from a global context. Kuwait is one of the countries that have a significant shortage of Kuwaiti nurses. Recruitment and retention is a cause for concern as nursing in Kuwait are not held in high esteem due to many social and cultural factors including a lack of support and poor financial remuneration. Consequently, many newly graduated Kuwaiti nurses leave the profession.
To identify the views and experience of Kuwaiti nurses regarding workforce retention and development of newly graduated registered nurses.
A qualitative exploratory study utilised semi-structured interviews with Kuwaiti newly graduated registered nurses (n=12), Nurse Directors (n=8) and focus group with Nurse educators (n=19). Using open-ended questions as data collection.
Qualitative data were analysed using thematic analysis
Four major themes emerged from the data; educational experience, emotional impact, support system, and influencing factors
The transition period from student to registered nurse is a stressful time and sometimes leads to job dissatisfaction and the risk of turnover. Turnover in new graduate nurses may be related to; job stress, lack of preparation, discrepancies between what is taught in university and the reality of the healthcare environment, lack of organizational support, unreasonable workload, and difficulty transitioning into practice.
Kuwait needs to address their strategic nursing workforce requirements and provide support to newly graduated registered nurses to ensure that they remain in the profession and see nursing as an attractive and viable career thus improving retention and positive health outcomes for patients in their care.
Conferences & Publications
New Graduate Registered Nurses’ Experiences: A qualitative Systematic Review. Oral presentation on Queens University Belfast, School of Nursing & Midwifery Research Showcase, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Nursing and Midwifery Research: Translating Research into Practice on 9 December 2019.
New Graduate Nurses Experiences of the Transition from Student Nurse to Registered Nurse in Kuwait, A Qualitative Exploration. Poster presentation on 8th International Nurse Education Conference in Sitges, Spain April 2020
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