From the classroom into the fire: learning the reality of nursing through rotation programmes for newly qualified nurses

Myron, Rowan ORCID:, Anderson, Claire and Loveday, Heather ORCID: (2018) From the classroom into the fire: learning the reality of nursing through rotation programmes for newly qualified nurses. In: 11th Organisational Behaviour in Healthcare (OBHC) Conference, 13-16 May 2018, Montreal, Canada. (In Press)

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The nature of nurse education has changed considerably since the inception of nursing as a profession in the mid-nineteenth century. The challenge for modern student nurses is bridging the conceptual gap between formal (classroom) learning and practical (on the ward) competence. The nature of post-registration transition into nursing practice is challenging for many nurses. The Capital Nurse Foundation Programme (CNFP) provides support for newly qualified nurses who begin their practice with National Health Service (NHS) Trusts within the UK capital. Crossing this boundary from academia to practice can be daunting for new nurses. This programme uses rotation to provide supported educational experiences for new nurses crossing this boundary aiming to support retention and prevent high turnover.
This paper is a qualitative evaluation of newly qualified nurses and programme managers experiences of the CNFP across 9 different London Healthcare Trusts. The findings revealed five primary themes including Recruitment and Retention; Programme Support; Challenges; Rotation and new experiences; and Career development.
Overall newly qualified nurses found the programme a positive experience. The support of the rotation programme to cross the boundary from ‘new’ nurse to working nurse was appreciated. There was a strong sense that the programme increased, and in some cases accelerated the acquisition of skills, providing a varied and worthwhile experience. In conclusion, the support of new nurses in crossing this pedagogical to practical boundary was valuable and initial data indicates the programme is succeeding in developing nurses within the UK capital system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Education > Change theory and change management
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rowan Myron
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 13:39
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:09


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