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Suh and Lee: Lived Experiences of New Graduate Nurses



The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of new graduate nurses in personal life and in clinical setting during their first year.


Eleven new graduate nurses were interviewed and the data were analyzed using the Giorgi's phenomenological method.


The main results of this research were negative experiences such as poor nursing skills, inability to enjoy personal life, physical exhaustion and health problems, and uncertainty of nursing values. On the other hand, there were some positive aspects on their minds: adjustmental/developmental needs, sense of responsibility, receptive capability, and proficiency with their work. They gradually found themselves being endured and changing to adapt.


Transition from students to staff nurses is a very stressful experience for new graduate nurses. It may negatively affect their personal lives as well. However they tried to keep themselves positive to overcome their difficulties. It is necessary for them to be given time, a systematic program, and a supportive environment to adapt.

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