Recruitment Attributes Important to New Nurse Graduates Employed on Adult Medical-Surgical Units

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Abstract

Recruitment of registered nurses to a medical-surgical unit is often challenging. This study addresses attributes nurses consider when making decisions for employment on a medical-surgical unit.

Background

Attributes inherent to a nurse's initial employment decision to work on a medical-surgical unit are not understood.

Purpose

Elucidate the factors new nurse graduates consider when making their first employment decisions.

Methods

Nurses from five acute care facilities participated. Results from the quantitative survey, not reported here, were used to construct interview questions to provide a deeper understanding of recruitment attributes.

Findings

Recruitment attributes inherently important to new nurses included a supportive manager, feeling valued, and work-life balance. While equitable pay and benefits were important, nurses were more concerned with workload, scheduling, and the hospital's reputation.

Limitations and Implications

The sample was limited to five acute care facilities located in the South. Findings from this study supported transcendence to a transformational leadership style with a strong emphasis on work/life balance. Further, selecting staff who complement the nurses already in place is critical to creating a positive work relationship.

Conclusion

Position acceptance may be predicated on nurses' belief the manager cares about them.

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