|dc.description.abstract||Little is known regarding the role that professional associations play in the socialization of new registered nurses (RNs). The purpose of this exploratory qualitative study was to investigate how the professional association for the specialty of emergency nursing influences the socialization of engaged emergency RNs who have been in emergency nursing 5 years or less, referred to as emerging emergency RNs. Using intensity and maximum variation sampling, 14 participants were identified and agreed to participate in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted. Descriptive, “in vivo,” simultaneous, and sub-coding techniques were used to analyze the data.
Five major themes and 12 subthemes were discovered supporting that the professional association for the specialty of emergency nursing does play a role in the socialization of emerging emergency RNs. The five major themes were allows connections with other professionals, advocates for the profession and patients, provides professional development, fosters a sense of identity, and encourages community involvement. Each of the themes with the exception of encourages community involvement had subthemes that supported the major themes. The first theme, allows connections with other professionals, had four subthemes, which included supports RN role transition, networking, sharing of advice and experiences, and promoting a broader perspective. The second theme, advocates for the profession and patients, had three subthemes, which included sets the standards of practice, provides legislative resources, and keeps the profession safe and current. The third theme, provides professional development, had three subthemes as well, which included improves and validates knowledge, career development, and leadership development. The fourth theme, fosters a sense of identity, had two subthemes, which included provides a voice for the specialty and promotes a sense of belonging. Two of these themes, fosters a sense of identity and encourages community involvement, and two of the subthemes, career development and leadership development, provide unique contributions to the body of knowledge on professional associations. This study highlights the complex role that the professional association for the specialty of emergency nurses plays in the socialization of emerging emergency RNs||