Role Conflict and Reality Shock among Neophyte Navy Nurses
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIV CA
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This descriptive exploratory study looked at the problems of reality shock and role conflicts for new graduate nurses in a highly bureaucratic setting, i.e., the Navy Nurse corps. Following 21 new graduate BSN nurses from 2 weeks after reporting in to their first duty station Naval Hospital, San Diego to eight months later, the study looks at the new graduates expectations versus reality, school-to-work transition problems, dissatisfies and conflicts with both their professional as well as officer roles in the Navy Nurse Corps, and how these decreased, increased and changed throughout this period of time. The information was obtained using two questionnaires and both group and individual interviews two weeks and eight months into their professional adjustment. Specifically the evaluation tools measured over time differences and correlations between job satisfaction and role conflict, role overload, role ambiguity, role support. The results showed the following 1 over time even though role conflict and role overload decreased, job satisfaction also significantly decreased 2 the role conflict and role overload that did exist had a significant inverse relationship to the amount of job satisfaction the neophyte perceived 3 role support directly affected job satisfaction 4 role ambiguity did not have a significant effect on job satisfaction.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations