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This article describes the work experience of a national cohort of 229 RNs who participated in a survey on work environment at two different time periods. Survey results of the RNs’ experience within two and a half years of their initial RN licensure (time period two) are described in detail, and comparisons are made to their experiences one year earlier (time period one). Using Krippendorff’s technique for content analysis, six inter-related themes emerged at time period two. Findings indicate that the working environment of RNs impacts both nurses’ satisfaction and their dissatisfaction. Factors associated with dissatisfaction center on the lack of nurse manager leadership, persistent verbal abuse, high patient-to-nurse ratios, and the physical demands of bedside nursing that result in injuries. Suggestions from the nurses themselves are used to guide strategies to improve the work environment and retain nurses.

Author1: Linda Honan Pellico, Yale University School of Nursing
Author2: Maja Djukic, New York University College of Nursing
Author3: Christine T. Kovner, New York University College of Nursing
Author4: Carol S. Brewer, University of Buffalo School of Nursing

Primary Contact Person:
Name: Linda Honan Pellico
Email: [email protected]

Complete Citation, if published: Pellico, L. H., Djukic, M., Kovner, C. T., & Brewer, C. S. (2010). Moving on, up, or out:  Changing work needs of new RNs at different stages of their beginning nursing practice.  Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 15(1). doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol15No01PPT02