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Why are you thriving when I’m barely surviving?
A Study of what life history and contextual factors enable novice nurses to thrive at work
January 22, 2018
12 - 1pm PT
Register by January 19

Please email Patrick Chiu with any questions.
In general, prolonged levels of stress and feelings of insecurity in new graduate nurse work environments are an expected part of the transition experience; yet we continue to see high rates of emotional exhaustion leading to burnout. Those reporting experiences of emotional exhaustion have demonstrated a higher risk for acquiring mental and physical health conditions. In an attempt to understand how unique life experiences and contexts of new graduate nurses interplay to enable or disable their ability to engage in the process of self-actualization as novice nurses, a qualitative study in B.C. was undertaken in 2017.

There are a handful of contextual factors that educators and employers can facilitate to promote the ability for novice nurses to go beyond surviving their first year of practice. This webinar will discuss the study findings and the current literature with the aim of empowering educators, employers, and novice nurses with the tools required to thrive in their new graduate role.

Webinar Goals

To provide participants with the most up-to-date information on the most influential factors that will enable them to thrive in their nursing career. While the information applies to all nurses, the study focuses on new graduates.


By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the key developmental and contextual components of our childhoods that affect our ability to thrive in adulthood and thereby our nursing careers.
  2. Outline strategies that enable participants to garner the necessary developmental skills that will better enable them to thrive in their novice nurse role.
  3. Review and discuss the most influential undergraduate curriculum components that promote thriving in the novice nurse role.
  4. Review and discuss the most meaningful employer support components that promote thriving in the transition from student to novice nurse.
  5. Understand the implications of the current literature and this study for educators, employers, and novice nurses.


Shannon Dames RN, MPH, PhD Candidate
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