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Nurse Educ Today. 2011 Feb;31(2):168-72. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.05.013. Epub 2010 Jun 29.

The practical skills of newly qualified nurses.

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Dortheboe@gmail.com

Abstract

This paper reports the findings from a study of newly qualified nurses and which subjects the nurses regarded as the most important in order to be able to live up to the requirements of clinical practice, and how they experience their potential for developing practical and moral skills, after the decrease in practical training. A qualitative approach guided the research process and the analysis of the data. The data was collected by participant observation and qualitative interviews with four nurses as informants. The conclusions made in this study are based on the statements and the observations of the newly qualified nurses. Our findings are discussed in relation to the Aristotelian concept and other relevant literature. The main message is that the newly qualified nurses did not feel equipped when they finished their training. This could be interpreted as a direct consequence of the decrease in practical training. Our study also underlines that the way nursing theory is perceived and taught is problematic. The interviews revealed that the nurses think that nursing theories should be applied directly in practice. This misunderstanding is probably also applicable to the teachers of the theories.

PMID:
20591541
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2010.05.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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