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Newly licensed RNs’ characteristics, work attitudes and

intentions to work.

Kovner, C. T., Brewer, C. S. Fairchild, S. Poornima, S. Kim, H. & Djukic,

M. (2007)

Uzma Akhtar
B.Sc. Nursing
Year 4, semester 7th
Sir Zubair

Dated: December 25, 2019


The title of the research first states population and then characteristics, work attitude,
And intention to work the title is complete, clear and well written.

Abstract is further divided into parts. The objective and methodis clearly discussed. The results section
highlights the findings from the study. It also gives us information about the educational level of RNs.
The abstract overall is clear and comprehensive


This part of research gives us information about what the problem is with supporting data.
The article point out that nowadays young people are choosing nursing as career which will decrease the
shortage. However it is important to know about their work attitude to promote retention. The gap in
the literature is identified about national turnover rates for new RNs which is a good reason to choose
this topic as a research study. One of the study’s goals is to “describe newly licensed RNs” so
this is not defined in the introduction. The other key concepts are not very well defined in this section.

The research design of this project appears to be adequate for the purpose of the research. the only
aspect of the study being analyzed in this report, therefore no comparisons will be made. The data was
analyzed, “using a cross sectional, two-stage design, with a randomly selected sample of newly licensed

The data was properly analyze and is presented in descriptive statistics (means & proportions). And data
is written in computer ,and also rechecked twice.


sampling survey was mailed to a random sample of new RNs.

The sampling design used made, “sampling probabilities equal across the different sites” this a valuable
because nursing in metropolitan areas may be more challenging for new nurses rather than rural nurses
or vice versa. Authors have eliminated any biases in choosing the sample size.

The study has defined the conceptual definitions and the operational definitions, although they
are a bit confusing. One could argue that conceptual definitions such as “Newly Licensed RNs”
have been explained.

Data collection was appropriate and according to the objective/demands. The report mentions
a pilot test was performed before the study was conducted. The pilot test used a much smaller
sample size to mimic the study.
There are no proper ethical approval from the responsible authority and also they don’t take
consent form from the participants which is the limitation of the study.

In the results section the participants were described based on ethnic background, educational
status, and work environment. The result is listed in graphs and tables which shows an
appropriate result.

In the discussion section, all of the findings from the study are discussed within the original
framework. The reasons why new RNs may have high turnover rates is discussed in
concordance with research findings. The study limitations are listed at the bottom of page.

 Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2008). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for
nursing practice (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams.

 Kovner, C. T., Brewer, C. S. Fairchild, S. Poornima, S. Kim, H. & Djukic, M. (2007). Newly
licensed RNs’ characteristics, work attitudes and intentions to work. AJN, 107(9). 58-65.