Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




The nursing profession has experienced recent challenges that involve an increase in high acuity patients and expected practice requirements, which can lead to high stress and increased demands on hospital nurses. Learning how to juggle these challenges to provide the highest quality of nursing care takes practice and guidance. The purpose of this project is to design a coaching program and metaphor to provide support and enhance the practice of first year nurses belonging to Generation Y. Utilization of a coach would occur during the first year of practice on an inpatient medical unit. Key concepts of Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanded Consciousness will be explored as well as supportive information from Patricia Benner's Novice to Expert theory. Recommended actions for the coaching program will prornote au overall goal of increasing collaboration, productivity, and confidence among first year Geleration Y nurses. Increased staff satisfaction and improved nursing retention are possible outcomes this role may have on first year Generation Y nurses.


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