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The Lived Experience of Hispanic new Graduate Nurses in the United States
	Esther Morales
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Marquette University
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Dissertations (2009 -) Dissertations, Theses, and Professional Projects

The Lived Experience of Hispanic new Graduate
Nurses in the United States
Esther Morales

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Table 2

General Themes and Subthemes from Interviews

General Themes Subthemes
1. Being an Employee 1. Prior Work Experience

2. Politics & Policy
3. Other Staff
1. Age
2. CNAs
3. Ethnicity

4. Gender
5. Proficiency with Language Other Than English

2. An Orientation With or
Without Preceptors



3. A Transition


1. Nursing School is Only the Beginning
2. Find Your Way and Place
3. There

4. Shadows of Doubt




5. Being Hispanic


1. Being a Minority
2. Alone
3. Intertwined
4. Similar life Experiences

6. Being Bilingual and Being
Pulled



7. Blessed


Being an Employee

One aspect of the new graduate nurse experience was being employed as a RN and going

through a process of getting a job. Graduating from nursing school was not an endpoint for these

participants. The participants included passing the NCELX-RN and gaining employment as part

of their transition as a new graduate nurse. Becoming an employee gave a sense of relief that

nursing school was over and that life could move forward. An acute care setting in a hospital was

the preferred place of employment for the new graduates. Prior work experiences influenced

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Did you complete college courses at a school outside of the United States? Yes  No 

What is the month and year that you graduated with your first nursing degree? ________

What is the month and year that you completed the NCLEX-RN? ________________

Were you able to pass the NCLEX-RN on your first attempt? Yes  No 

What is the month and year that you began your first positions as RN? ____________

Are you currently employed in this same position? Yes  No 

If you are not in this position, how months did you work there? _______________

If you are not at this position, was it a good experience for you? Yes  No 

Did you have a preceptor when you started working as an RN? Yes  No 

If you did not have a Hispanic preceptor, would you have liked one? Yes  No 

If you had a preceptor, was that a good experience for you? Yes  No 

What is your clinical area(s) of nursing? _______________________________________

Employment Status:
� Employed Full-Time in Nursing
� Employed Part-Time in Nursing

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