Transition to practice programs: what Australian and New Zealand nursing and midwifery graduates said. A Graduate eCohort Sub-Study

Tuckett, Anthony and Eley, Robert and Ng, Linda ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6155-7625 (2017) Transition to practice programs: what Australian and New Zealand nursing and midwifery graduates said. A Graduate eCohort Sub-Study. Collegian, 24 (2). pp. 101-108. ISSN 1322-7696

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Abstract

Aim: To describe what Australian and New Zealand graduates said about the Nurse Entry to Practice program.

Background: The Nurse Entry to Practice is a structured programme that offers professional and educational support for graduate nurses in their first year of practice.

Method: The qualitative research described and reported herein constitutes a sub-study of the Graduate e-Cohort Study. This qualitative sub-study describes the responses to one on-line survey question offered in 2013 which asked about issues around gaining employment. Only those responses related to the Nurse Entry to Practice program by 197 recently graduated Australian and New Zealand nursing and midwifery students as they transitioned into professional practice are presented.

Results: Graduates looking for jobs in the year 2009 and 2010 were positive about their uptake of a Nurse Entry to Practice program. At the time the programs were a viable and plentiful option in which the graduate could take a program associated with a final undergraduate clinical placement. This resulted in these graduates remaining in the ward or organisation where the program was undertaken. This consequence was reported more widely by 2008 graduates, 2009 graduates from New Zealand but was not reported at all by 2010 graduates. Nurses or midwives looking for a job in 2011 reported less on a Nurse Entry to Practice program and when they did they indicated that the program was hard to get into.

Conclusion: This research offers educators, employers and administrators insights into improving the transition experience for recently graduated nurses and midwives.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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: 15 May 2019 23:36
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 03:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, eCohort, newly graduated nurse, newly graduated midwife, New Zealand, Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) program
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2015.10.002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35994

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