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Newly graduated Swedish nurses show a trend for increasing research use in the 5 years following qualification, with the trend starting after the second year
  1. Jeannette T Crenshaw1,2,
  2. Jane Dimmitt Champion3
  1. 1School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  2. 2Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas, USA
  3. 3School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Jeannette T Crenshaw, DNP, RN
    School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, USA; jeannette.crenshaw{at} jeannettecrenshaw{at}

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  • Wallin and colleagues reported an increasing use of research (trend) by nurses in Sweden during the first 5 years after graduation. Although these findings were not statistically significant, the results may have clinical relevance for those who prepare and employ new nurses.

  • Research is needed on the influence of entry into practice and role transition on new nurses’ ability to apply evidence in practice. New graduates reported less use of research and other evidence during the first 2 years after graduation compared with years 3–5, which may be consistent with reports …

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