Newly graduated nurses' experiences of the intervention graduate guidance nurses: A qualitative interview study

Anna Karin Rose, Ann-Christine Andersson

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Aims: This study is describing newly graduated nurses' experiences of the intervention graduate guidance nurses. 

Background: Newly graduated nurses need support to become established in the profession. The intervention was initiated to empower and support in the professional role. 

Methods: A qualitative case study was conducted with semi-structured interviews, using a thematic content analysis. 

Results: One overarching theme ‘Organizational prerequisites’, consisting of three themes, occurred: ‘Activator’ involved that the graduate guidance nurse was the activator creating a clear structure, and the wards became more attractive workplaces. ‘Supportive nursing’ meant that the graduate guidance nurse constituted an important support function which ensured patient safety. ‘Professional development’ created the opportunity for professional growth.

Conclusion: Newly graduated nurses' experiences show that the creation of an organisational structure enabled the graduate guidance nurses to be an important support and contributed to professional development. 

Implications for nursing management: In health care organisations, strategic decisions, management support and clear goals are important to create the organisational conditions to improve safer care. Support from experienced nurses is a large enabler in supporting newly graduated nurses developing in their profession. The results of the current study can be transferred to other similar health care organisations and can be supporting managers who plan to initiate support to newly graduated nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3200-3207
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2022-Jun-26
Externally publishedYes

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)


  • acute health care
  • clinical supervision
  • experienced nurses
  • newly graduated nurses


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