School of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Cynthia Goodrich


New Graduate Nurse, Millennial Nurse, Retention, Transition to Practice, Intent to Stay, Intent to Leave


Medical Education | Nursing


Despite the growing nursing shortage and the dire need for a full nursing workforce, attrition rates among new graduate nurses (NGNs) continues to be of concern. One answer to the nursing shortage includes the next generation of nursing graduates: millennials. It is vital that nursing administrators and educators collaborate to develop a transition-to-practice process that meets the unique needs of millennial NGNs to increase job satisfaction, thereby increasing intent to stay in the profession. The MSPM was implemented in an NGN medical-surgical residency as a means of maintaining job satisfaction, perceptions of support, and intent to stay, among NGNs. A mixed-methods study evaluated the perceptions of NGNs throughout their preceptorship experience in the nurse residency program. Over a 3-month period, participants completed an anonymous survey and participated in focus groups. Study results indicated the preceptorship is an influential factor in the successful transition to practice of NGNs; however, it does not have a major impact on job satisfaction, perceptions of support, and intent to stay. Focus groups and survey results supported the literature by revealing important implications for consideration in supporting and retaining the millennial nurse workforce.