A comparative study to explore the challenges faced by newly qualified nurses in their first year of practice : A cultural perspective of Norway and Zambia.
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The purpose of this study was to explore challenges facing newly qualified nurses in the first year of practice, a cultural perspective on Norway and Zambia. This was a qualitative type of study with a purposeful convenience sampling of newly qualified nurses in their first year of practice. However, the inclusion criteria extended to nurses who had more years in service and their responses proved to be relevant to the study. Data were gathered using a semi-structured interview guide, which was electronically sent for data collection and analyzed with a colour coding process through which four categories of intra-personal, inter-personal, organizational and structural levels emerged. The intra-personal level mainly presented similarities for the two countries, showing that the newly qualified nurses had the will and drive to work as nurses in the first year of practice, while the inter-personal level showed differences in caring for patients and/or their relatives between Norway and Zambia and this was linked to differences in the type of culture. The organizational level showed differences between the two set-ups associated with hierarchy and finally the structural level brought out more challenges from the Zambian respondents because of the country's Lower Middle Income status. Ethical considerations were ensured by means of privacy, anonymity and confidentiality. The authors recommend that more research should be done on how potential gender differences may have an impact on the challenges facing newly qualified nurses in their first year of practice.
Global Knowledge GK 302 Mai 2013