Erika Cheung

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing




Dr. Carroll Iwasiw

Second Advisor

Dr. Dorothy Forbes


Problem: New graduate nurses (NGNs) are often considered the solution to the global

nursing shortage. However, researchers are reporting an alarming new trend; NGNs are leaving the profession (Duchscher & Cowin, 2004; Sochalski, 2002). They are unprepared to work in the ‘real world’, even after successfully graduating from a nursing program.

Aim: This study examined the relationship between each of four educational factors (biological science courses, clinical practicum in undergraduate education; orientation/training provided by the employing hospital; post-registration preceptorship) and NGNs’ self-efficacy (confidence) for professional competencies as they transition to the role o f registered nurse.

Methods: Based on Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy, a researcher-designed self-report questionnaire was mailed to 339 NGNs working in acute care hospitals across the province of Ontario. Results: Post-registration preceptorship most positively influenced NGNs’ confidence with their professional competencies. Specifically, preceptorship lasting at least 4 weeks, and the consistency of one preceptor, contributed to greater confidence for NGNs



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