Exploring the experiences of the new graduate registered nurse in caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas

Masters Thesis


Towner, Elaine Christine Gilbody. 2023. Exploring the experiences of the new graduate registered nurse in caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas. Masters Thesis Master of Research. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z3qw9
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Exploring the experiences of the new graduate registered nurse in caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas

TypeMasters Thesis
AuthorsTowner, Elaine Christine Gilbody
Supervisor
1. FirstProf Leah East
2. SecondA/Pr Jackie Lea
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameMaster of Research
Number of Pages129
Year2023
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z3qw9
Abstract

Care and management of patient deterioration is an integral part of a nurse’s role. Yet, New Graduate Registered Nurses (NGRNs) often feel unprepared to care for the deteriorating patient. Whilst literature has recognised NGRNs working within metropolitan areas feel ill-equipped to care for deteriorating patients, there is paucity in the literature focused on NGRNs experiences within the rural context. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the experiences of NGRNs in caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas. This study employed a qualitative design underpinned by a descriptive phenomenological approach. Data were collected via in-depth interviews with seven NGRN participants. Data were subjected to thematic analysis with three themes emerging from the data. The first theme Transition to the rural team, illuminates participants’ experiences of their first encounters of patient deterioration and how the small team in rural practice influenced these experiences. The second theme, Practice support for managing deterioration, highlights the importance of support from experienced rural nurses, and the third theme, The road to confidence, reveals participants’ on-going and desire for development within the context of working rurally and the provision of care for the deteriorating patient. Findings of the study highlight the challenges for NGRNs in rural inpatient health services in caring for the deteriorating patient. The findings have implications for tertiary undergraduate education and those supporting NGRNs in their transition to practice in rural areas. Enhancement of NGRNs’ skills and abilities in recognition and responding to patient deterioration through both technological and personnel support has the potential to enhance patient safety within the rural healthcare environment.

KeywordsNursing; Graduate Nurses; Rural practice; Patient safety; Deteriorating patient
Related Output
Has partThe experiences of new graduate nurses caring for the deteriorating patient in rural areas: An integrative review
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204205. Nursing
420505. Nursing workforce
420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
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