Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Nursing


This study explores the experiences of Early Career Registered Nurses (ECRN) and asks how and why they stay in nursing by exploring their disorienting dilemmas. ECRNs are those in their first five years of practice having completed a pre-registration program of study leading to registration as a Registered Nurse (RN). For this study, 13 ECRNs, who were working as RNs in Australia and had been registered for between one and five years (inclusive) were interviewed. Ethics approval was granted for the study through the University of Wollongong.



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