Date of Award

Fall 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Frenn, Marilyn

Second Advisor

Bratt, Marilyn

Third Advisor

Stohrer, Walter


There has been a significant increase in the Hispanic population in the United States that is not mirrored by representation of Hispanic registered nurses in the United States . Hispanic new graduate nurses enter nursing practice with few Hispanic role models and their story is not found in nursing literature. A qualitative study with a phenomenological philosophy and methodology was conducted to investigate the lived experience of seven Mexican American new graduate nurses, a subgroup of Hispanic nurses. Findings of this study were the seven themes: (a) being an employee; (b) an orientation with or without preceptors; (c) a transition; (d) shadows of doubt; (e) being Hispanic; (f) being bilingual and being pulled; and (g) blessed. The lived experience was described in more positive terms than negative terms and as a multifaceted experience. Hispanic new graduate nurses seemed to have an experience of transition typical of new graduate nurses, but with the added dimensions of cultural understandings, racism, and language proficiency with Spanish.

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