Mature New Nurse Graduates May Demonstrate More

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Mature New Nurse Graduates May Demonstrate More
Professional Longevity than Younger Counterparts
Nearly one year ago, when I confidently embarked on this journey as a nontraditional nursing student seeking a second career, I expected to find a class full of twenty year olds preparing for their first profession. Instead I met students from all age groups, including several in their fourth decade like myself. Now almost half way to the finish line, I see the symptoms of exhaustion affecting some of us more than others. As I traverse the intellectual as well as physical challenges of this training program I wonder: Can mature students like me keep up with our younger peers beyond the classroom? I thankfully report, the answer is likely yes. In fact, global evidence suggests mature new nurses demonstrate increased career longevity. However, in order to legitimately apply these findings to American settings, further study is required.
Background: Why It Matters
Proving mature students are likely to endure at the bedside is important. American nursing shortage predictions started in 1998 (Norwood, Randolph, Maxey 2015). Over the next ten years the direness grew and recruitment schemes befell the nation. Some campaigns focus specifically on mature populations. For example, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsors a scholarship that specifically assists graduates from diverse backgrounds establish a second degree in nursing (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2012). A review in…
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