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  1. Baldwin, Kathleen M. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AGPCNP-BC, FCNS, FAAN
  2. Sleutel, Martha PhD, RN, CNS, C-EFM
  3. Urban, Regina Wilder PhD, RN-BC, CCRN, CNE
  4. Wells, Jo Nell PhD, RN
  5. Behan, Deborah PhD, RN
  6. Walsh, Judith PhD, RN
  7. Newcomb, Patricia PhD, RN


New graduates' adjustment to high-acuity specialty areas was evaluated using qualitative methods in a hospital system that uses the Versant New Graduate Residency Program. Subjects were interviewed at baseline in person, answered interview questions at 6 months via computer, and were interviewed at 12 months in person. Twelve themes emerged from the interviews, reflecting intrinsic and extrinsic factors affecting new graduate nurse adjustment. Study results were used to evaluate the program and improve the program implementation.