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  1. Walden, Christine M. PhD, RN, NE-BC
  2. Forbes, Thompson H. III PhD, RN, NE-BC
  3. Swanson, Melvin PhD
  4. Lake, Donna PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  5. Oehlert, Julie Kennedy DNP, RN
  6. Scott, Elaine S. PhD, RN, NE-BC, FNAP


This cross-sectional quantitative study explored career adaptability and career intentions in newly licensed nurses working in acute care hospitals throughout North Carolina. Data were analyzed from 277 registered nurses completing an online study instrument. Findings demonstrate a relationship between levels of career adaptability and career intentions, offering career adaptability as a new measurement to explore newly licensed nurses' desire to pursue career and educational change and expand transition programs to include developing career trajectories within organizations.