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  1. Maddalena, Victor PhD, MHSA, BN
  2. Kearney, Anne J. PhD, MHSc, BN, RN
  3. Adams, Lisa PhD, MSc, BSc, BN, RN, CHE, CPMHN


This qualitative research study examines factors influencing the quality of work life of novice nurses (less than 2 years' experience) in the Eastern Regional Health Authority in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Although novice nurses are highly motivated to provide quality patient care, they encounter many sources of stress, including "difficult personalities," inadequate orientation and mentoring, and horizontal violence from nursing and medical colleagues. These stressors are compounded by staffing shortages and heavy workloads. Supportive mentoring and adequate orientation are key factors to successful transition.