The role of rural nurse managers in supporting new graduate nurses in rural practice

Lea, Jackie and Cruickshank, Mary (2017) The role of rural nurse managers in supporting new graduate nurses in rural practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 25 (3). pp. 176-183. ISSN 0966-0429


Abstract

Aim: To investigate the nature and timing of support available to new graduate nurses within a rural transition to practice programme.Background: For new graduates in rural practice successful transition is complicated by the unique role of the rural nurse, staff ratios and resources within rural environments. Little is known about the support needs of graduates working in rural health services, or who is best placed to provide support during their transition. Method: This was a qualitative case study, using individual interviews with new graduate nurses at 3, 6 and 9 months milestones during a 12-month rural transition to practice programme plus interviews with experienced rural nurses who were employed in rural health agencies where the new graduate nurses were employed. Results: Graduates in rural health services rely on nurse unit managers and nurse managers for feedback, support and debriefing, provision of emotional support, advocacy, openness, encouragement and protection from organisational requests and demands during the transition to rural nursing practice. Conclusions: Nurse managers play an important role in rural health services in the provision of support for new graduate nurses. Implications for nursing management: As clinical leaders rural nurse managers and nurse unit managers, have an important role in facilitating the successful entry and retention of new graduate nurses into the rural nursing workforce.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 -)
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 03:20
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 03:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural nurse managers, supporting new graduate nurses, transition to rural practice
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12453
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35874

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