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  1. Casey, Kathy PhD, RN, NPD-BC
  2. Tsai, Chia-Lin PhD
  3. Fink, Regina M. PhD, APRN, AOCN, CHPN, FAAN


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Casey-Fink Graduate Nurse Experience Survey (CFGNES).


BACKGROUND: Transitioning from the student role to professional nurse is challenging and stressful. Accurate measurement of role transition is important because of concerns regarding retention.


METHODS: A secondary analysis of 71 919 graduate nurse responses to the CFGNES, collected 6 months into the Vizient/AACN residency program, was conducted. Psychometric testing included exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Internal consistency reliability was measured using Cronbach's [alpha].


RESULTS: Analysis revealed a consistent 5-factor solution. Factors were labeled job satisfaction, support, organize/prioritize care, role confidence, and professional socialization. Results demonstrated the CFGNES is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring perceptions of role transition.


CONCLUSIONS: This study was needed to inform survey item revisions. The CFGNES continues to be valuable in providing voice to the needs of graduate nurses and evidence for improving nurse residency program outcomes.