'Young saplings on fire' newly graduated nurses in the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

Kovanci M. S., ATLI ÖZBAŞ A.

JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, vol.30, no.1, pp.15-24, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jonm.13460
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.15-24
  • Keywords: COVID-19, newly graduate nurses, nursing, transition to practice, JOB-SATISFACTION, PERSPECTIVE, EXPERIENCES, TRANSITION, INTENTION
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Aim To explore the experiences of newly graduated nurses during the pandemic. Background Newly graduated nurses were employed during the pandemic by several countries to meet the increasing demand for healthcare services. Methods A descriptive qualitative study with thematic analysis. The study was conducted with 14 newly graduated nurses. Results Themes were systematized into four variables of the system research organization model, and a total of 12 themes were identified. Nurses, who started to work in the beginning months of the pandemic, faced several difficulties in their transition period, including the difficulties of starting employment and the effects of the pandemic on both society and health systems. Conclusions During the pandemic, newly graduated nurses faced various difficulties in transition processes, difficulties in starting the employment process and the effects of the pandemic on both society and health systems. In order to reduce these effects, regulations are needed at all stages of the health system. Implications for Nursing Management It is the responsibility of health system policymakers, hospital managers, nurse managers and senior nurses to ensure that newly graduated nurses endure these pandemic conditions, which are quite challenging even for senior nurses, without any damage, and continue in the profession.