Research Studies

Determining the Impact of Best Fit for Newly Licensed Nurses

Acute Care
Research Studies
Nurse Hiring and Onboarding

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Elise Valdes PhD, MS

Director of Research, Relias

Laura Douglas MSN-Ed, RN, NPD-BC, CCRN-K

Contributor, Relias Institute

Felicia Sadler, MJ, BSN, RN, CPHQ, LSSBB

Vice President, Quality, Relias


Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, in press


Preparing new nursing graduates for independent practice as soon as safely possible is vital for both efficient and effective patient care.  The alignment between a nurse’s personality and specialty practice area may impact orientation length, as nurses who are better suited to their job role may adapt more quickly. The current study revealed that nurses hired into a specialty practice area with a higher job fit demonstrates a significant reduction in orientation time.