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Nurse Educ Pract. 2018 Sep;32:101-107. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.03.005. Epub 2018 Mar 26.

Evaluation of a community transition to professional practice program for graduate registered nurses in Australia.

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1
School of Health & Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga, QLD, 4225, Australia. Electronic address: christina.aggar@scu.edu.au.
2
Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, 88 Mallett St, Camperdown, NSW, 2050, Australia. Electronic address: christopher.gordon@sydney.edu.au.
3
School of Health & Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga, QLD, 4225, Australia. Electronic address: tamsin.thomas@scu.edu.au.
4
Northern Sydney Local Health District, Primary and Community Health, Building 8, Macquarie Hospital, Wicks Rd, North Ryde, NSW, 2113, Australia. Electronic address: Linda.Wadsworth@health.nsw.gov.au.
5
Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, 88 Mallett St, Camperdown, NSW, 2050, Australia. Electronic address: jacqueline.bloomfield@sydney.edu.au.

Abstract

Australia has an increasing demand for a sustainable primary health care registered nursing workforce. Targeting graduate registered nurses who typically begin their nursing career in acute-care hospital settings is a potential workforce development strategy. We evaluated a graduate registered nurse Community Transition to Professional Practice Program which was designed specifically to develop and foster skills required for primary health care. The aims of this study were to evaluate graduates' intention to remain in the primary health care nursing workforce, and graduate competency, confidence and experiences of program support; these were compared with graduates undertaking the conventional acute-care transition program. Preceptor ratings of graduate competence were also measured. All of the 25 graduates (n = 12 community, n = 13 acute-care) who completed the questionnaire at 6 and 12 months intended to remain in nursing, and 55% (n = 6) of graduates in the Community Transition Program intended to remain in the primary health care nursing workforce. There were no differences in graduate experiences, including level of competence, or preceptors' perceptions of graduate competence, between acute-care and Community Transition Programs. The Community Transition to Professional Practice program represents a substantial step towards developing the primary health care health workforce by facilitating graduate nurse employment in this area.

KEYWORDS:

Community health services; Graduate competence; Graduate nursing education; Primary health care

PMID:
29605681
DOI:
10.1016/j.nepr.2018.03.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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