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Table 1 Positive and negative comments of new graduate nurses at baseline and follow-up

From: New graduate nurses’ experiences in a clinical specialty: a follow up study of newcomer perceptions of transitional support

Theme No. Category Frequency of comments
Baseline Follow-up
Positive Negative Balance Positive Negative Balance
1. Orientation and Transitional Support Program as foundation for success 1.1 Instrumental support during transition 33 (43%) 36 (22%) −3 22 (51%) 31 (30%) −9
1.2 Understanding the clinical capabilities of the new graduate 14 (18%) 31 (19%) −17 4 (9%) 9 (8%) −5
1.3 Becoming one of the team or part of the team 3 (4%) 3 (2%) 0 2 (5%) 2 (2%) 0
2. Developing clinical competence 2.1 Appropriate workload and working within scope of practice 8 (10%) 47 (28%) −39 2 (5%) 36 (34%) −34
2.2 Adequate skill mix 9 (12%) 11 (6%) −2 5 (12%) 5 (5%) 0
2.3 Building clinical confidence and competence 10 (13%) 39 (23%) −29 8 (18%) 22 (21%) −14
   Subtotal 77 (100%) 167 (100%) −90 43 (100%) 105 (100%) −62
    Baseline Balance Follow-up Balance