The Early Socialization Process of Critical Care Nurses: Implications for Administration, Education, and Practice
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2019-06-17T15:55:12Z
Author(s)Reising, Deanna Lynne
Author DetailsDeanna Lynne Reising, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FNAP, ANEF
Lead Author Sigma AffliationAlpha
Level of EvidenceGrounded Theory
Research ApproachQualitative Research
Critical care nurses provide care to the most ill patients in hospital settings; yet, little is known about the processes by which critical care nurses are socialized into their roles. The purpose of this study was to uncover the early socialization process for newly hired nurses in adult critical care settings. The two research questions for this study were: (1) What are the early processes of how a new nurse becomes a critical care nurse? (2) From the participants' views, what factors play a part in the socialization process for new critical care nurses? Grounded theory methodology was used to collect and analyze data; trustworthiness criteria were met. Findings indicate participants negotiate each phase of their socialization process in which they must discover the expectations for each new challenge. The theory describes participants as they are “Navigating the Challenge.” The first phase, “The Prodrome,” contains the categories “Why I Am Here,” and “Up for the Challenge.” The second phase is “Welcome to the Unit” with the category “Being Nurtured.” The link to the next category was “Disengagement/Testing,” consisting of the categories of “Cutting It”, and “Why Am I Here?” and “Taking Charge.” Participants who were successful in “Puffing It Together” in the “On My Own” phase were able to successfully complete the early socialization processes and enter the “Reconciliation” phase. Implications are made for administration, education, and practice.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 9942890; ProQuest document ID: 304506805. The author still retains copyright.
Advisor(s)Sims, Sharon L.
Degree GrantorIndiana University
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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