The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland

O'Shea, Maria and Kelly, Billy (2007) The lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement during the first six months following registration in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16 (8). pp. 1534-1542. ISSN 09621067

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Abstract

Aim. To explore the lived experiences of newly qualified nurses on clinical placement, during the first six months following registration, in the Republic of Ireland. Background. The subject of the experiences of newly qualified nurses is not generally well researched, although anecdotal articles are plentiful. In particular, the lived experiences of newly qualified diploma nurses in the Republic of Ireland are not reflected in the research literature. However, available literature on the subject clearly demonstrates that being a newly qualified staff nurse is particularly stressful and many nurses feel unprepared for the staff nurse role. Design. A phenomenological, Heideggerian, hermeneutic approach was used for this study. Methods. Ten diplomate staff nurses were interviewed and the data were analysed using a thematic analysis framework. Results. Newly qualified nurses in the Republic of Ireland describe their initial experiences of being on the ward as stressful. This stress is primarily related to the multi-dimensional responsibilities associated with the new role and to managerial/organizational/clinical skills deficits. The allocation of students and dealing with situations that they felt unprepared for added to their anxieties. However, diplomate nurses were willing to acknowledge these limitations and seek help when appropriate. Feeling valued, making a difference and financial reward were cited as being the positive aspects of the new role. Relevance to clinical practice. The preregistration nurse education curriculum needs to be developed further to help alleviate the problems associated with the initial transition to the staff nurse role. In addition, effective supportive systems need to be introduced for newly qualified nurses to help ensure that they are prepared for and supported in their professional role. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal of Clinical Nursing is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: O'Shea, Maria 1; Email Address: maria.oshea@ucc.ie Kelly, Billy 2; Affiliation: 1: Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland 2: School of Nursing, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, N. Ireland; Source Info: Aug2007, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p1534; Subject Term: NURSING; Subject Term: NURSES; Subject Term: APPRENTICESHIP programs; Subject Term: OCCUPATIONAL training; Subject Term: IRELAND; Author-Supplied Keyword: newly qualified nurses; Author-Supplied Keyword: nurse diplomates; Author-Supplied Keyword: nurses; Author-Supplied Keyword: nursing; Author-Supplied Keyword: phenomenology; Author-Supplied Keyword: stress; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611690 All other schools and instruction; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611513 Apprenticeship Training; NAICS/Industry Codes: 624310 Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Number of Pages: 9p; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NURSING; NURSES; APPRENTICESHIP programs; OCCUPATIONAL training; IRELAND; newly qualified nurses; nurse diplomates; phenomenology; stress
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 19:24
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 19:30
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3496

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