Diane Paul

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Mary Hazzard, John Bruni, Aaron Podolefsky

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This research examined the problem of professional obsolescence and mechanisms available to employees to avoid becoming obsolete. Current literature is reviewed on obsolescence and on remaining current in the nursing profession. Specific areas addressed are indicators of obsolescence and an examination of what happens to skills and abilities when an individual moves from a technical field into its administration. Participants in the research include registered nurses at three hospitals. The research is composed of two phases: an interview phase and a survey phase. Qualitative and quantitative analysis reveal categories of concerns about remaining current. The special concerns an obsolescence of administrative nurses is also addressed.


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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