Efforts to maintain a sufficient nurse workforce are hampered by dissatisfaction with the work environment. Incivility in the work environment is a major source of dissatisfaction. A healthy work environment is associated with higher levels of job satisfaction and improved retention. New graduate transition programs have been recommended as a deterrent to high levels of turnover associated within the first two years of employment, some of which is related to incivility. The purpose of this thesis was to examine the influence of incivility in the nursing workplace on new graduate job satisfaction and determine if there is an association between participation in new graduate nurse transition programs and satisfaction with the work environment. A systematic review of the literature was performed using MEDLINE- EBSCOhost, PsycInfo, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) databases. Sixteen studies, which met search criteria, were reviewed. Themes that emerged included workplace incivility, nurse residency programs, mentoring through preceptors, and empowerment. Findings indicated that incivility in the workplace was a significant predictor of low job satisfaction in new graduate nurses. While graduate nurse transition programs are associated with improved satisfaction and retention rates for these nurses, nothing in the literature indicated that graduate nurse transition programs had a direct impact on empowerment and job satisfaction related to the incivility these nurses experience.
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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Dissertations, Academic -- Nursing;Nursing -- Dissertations, Academic
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
D'Ambra, Amanda, "Minimizing incivility in the workplace to increase retention of new graduate nurses" (2012). HIM 1990-2015. 1327.