Survey of 2008 Nursing graduates - Where are they now

The HSE Office of the Nursing Services Director conducted a national survey among graduates who completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) undergraduate education programme in general, psychiatric or intellectual disability nursing in 2008.

To gain a better understanding of the employment trends and practice issues of newly qualified nurses entering the workforce, the HSE Office of the Nursing Services Director conducted a national survey among graduates who completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) undergraduate education programme in general, psychiatric or intellectual disability nursing in 2008. This survey is similar to one conducted with 2007 nursing graduates, the results of which are included in this report to provide a comparison.

The overall survey findings are encouraging and the survey response rate was 42% (592).The plan is to continue to repeat the survey in subsequent years, to compare data over time and identify trends.

Survey Data Highlights

Almost every graduate respondent (98% or 580) started initial employment as a registered nurse after graduation and at the time of the survey, 94% (558) respondents reported current employment as a registered nurse.

In addition:

  • 50% reported it took less than 4 weeks to obtain initial work as a nurse.
  • 93% reported the BSc undergraduate programme prepared them for their initial position as a nurse.

Of the 558 new graduates initially employed in the Republic of Ireland

  • 86% reported set work hours of 37.5-39 hours or more per week
  • 74% were employed in the public or voluntary health sector
  • 68% were employed in acute hospitals
  • 91% reported receiving an orientation.

Of the 517 who reported current employment in the Republic of Ireland

  • 88% reported set work hours of 37.5-39 hours or more per week
  • 79% were employed in the public or voluntary health sector
  • 72% were employed in acute hospitals.

Please click here to read the report.