Expert: Nursing shortages - National Nursing Week, May 7-13 2018

Published: 10 May 2018

The Comité jeunesse of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec believes that the clinical and academic milieu must individually and collectively ensure a better integration of new nursing graduates into the workforce.

(Link to report)

Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University

"Difficulty retaining nurse graduates is a leading contributor to the current nursing shortage, and staffing problems are a commonly-reported source of stress for nurse managers. Research shows that the high rate of turnover among novice nurses can be attributed to the difficult transition process from student to clinical nurse. To face this ongoing challenge our clinical partners and faculty members developed a group mentoring program for graduating nursing students where clinical nurse mentors met with student mentees twice before graduation and once shortly after graduation to address relevant challenges. Our results suggested high satisfaction with the program from both mentees and mentors, as well as a positive impact on mentees’ transition into the workplace and levels of stress and self-confidence.”

melanie.lavoie-tremblay [at] (English, French)

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