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

Evaluation of a community transition to professional practice program for graduate registered nurses in Australia.
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Aggar C, Gordon CJ, Thomas THT, Wadsworth L, Bloomfield J,


Aggar C, Gordon CJ, Thomas THT, Wadsworth L, Bloomfield J, (click to view)

Aggar C, Gordon CJ, Thomas THT, Wadsworth L, Bloomfield J,

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Nurse education in practice 2018 03 26() pii S1471-5953(17)30684-4
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.

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