Building Resilience in New Graduate RNs: Lessons Learned

Christopher Okamoto

Jennifer Shamai

Sara Caiazza

Liz Cooke

Jeannine M. Brant

resilience, new graduate RN, professional quality of life
CJON 2024, 28(3), 273-280. DOI: 10.1188/24.CJON.273-280

Background: Transitioning into oncology practice can be challenging for new graduate RNs. High patient acuity, a steep learning curve, psychosocial challenges, and frequent patient deaths can be overwhelming.

Objectives: The purpose of this program was to provide resilience training for new graduate oncology nurses as part of an existing nurse residency program. Building resilience among oncology nurses was a primary goal during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to be an important goal.

Methods: Resilience training in this program consisted of didactic lectures, personalized goal setting, one-on-one mentoring, and a follow-up support group. Various measurement scales were used at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months to assess resilience, professional quality of life, and new graduate experience measures, including communication and organizational skills.

Findings: Resilience significantly declined from baseline to six months; professional quality of life and new graduate experience measures also worsened. Some improvements in organizational skills and communication emerged at 12 months. Results indicate an ongoing need to consider extending nurse residency programs, resilience training, and support beyond the traditional one-year period.

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