Supporting new graduate nurses making the transition to rural nursing practice: views from experienced rural nurses

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Lea, Jackie and Cruickshank, Mary. 2015. "Supporting new graduate nurses making the transition to rural nursing practice: views from experienced rural nurses." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 24 (19-20), pp. 2826-2834. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12890
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Supporting new graduate nurses making the transition to rural nursing practice: views from experienced rural nurses

ERA Journal ID14104
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLea, Jackie (Author) and Cruickshank, Mary (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Clinical Nursing
Journal Citation24 (19-20), pp. 2826-2834
Number of Pages9
Year2015
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0962-1067
1365-2702
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.12890
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jocn.12890
Abstract

Aims and objectives: To present the findings from the experienced rural nurse participants of a larger study that explored the transitional experiences of newly graduated nurses making the role transition in rural health care facilities in Australia.

Background: There are specific and unique aspects of rural nursing practice that influence the nature and timing of support for new graduate nurses that have not been explored or acknowledged as influencing the new graduate nurses’ experience of transition. Specifically, the difficulties and challenges that experienced rural nurses face in providing effective and timely support for new graduate nurses who are making the transition to rural nursing practice is yet to be explored.

Design: Using a qualitative case study framework, this study specifically aimed to investigate and describe the nature and timing of support required during the transition to nursing practice that is specific for the rural context and capacity.

Methods: Individual in‐depth interviews were conducted with 16 experienced rural nurses who, at the time of the study, worked with new graduate nurses in the rural practice environment.

Results: The findings from this study showed that the provision of timely on‐ward support for new graduates making the transition to rural nursing practice is affected and influenced by the skill mix and staffing allocation within the rural environment. As well, there is a lack of awareness by rural nurses of how to meet the on‐ward support needs of new graduate nurses.

Conclusions: This study has identified the specific and unique aspects of the rural nurse's role and responsibilities for which the new graduate nurse requires incremental learning and intensive clinical support.

Relevance to clinical practice: The findings can be used by rural health services and experienced rural registered nurses to assist in implementing adequate and timely support for new graduate nurses. What does this paper contribute to the wider global clinical community? Adds to the global literature on rural nursing practice. Identifies the barriers and challenges for experienced rural nurses in providing workplace learning support. Furthers the understanding of the support needs of the new graduate nurse making the role transition in the rural practice context.

Keywordsnew graduate nurse support, rural nursing, rural registered nurse,transition to practice
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420305. Health and community services
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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University of Canberra
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