Brigham, Lindsay; Logan, Jennifer; Maxwell, Claire and Smith, Ann
Turning with the Tide: an exploration of challenges facing recently qualified nurses based in the community.
The Open University, Milton Keynes.
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The aim of this evaluative study was to explore the challenges facing recently qualified nurses working within community and intermediate health care settings and to propose more effective support structures. The main focus of the study was on how individuals developed emotional resilience in the context of management of increasing responsibilities and the adjustment to professionally qualified status, alongside the emergence of new professional identities in this transitional preceptorship phase. A qualitative methodology was used and data gathered using individual interviews which were recorded transcribed and analysed through categorisation of key themes. Four main themes emerged: transition work; new learning; support and supervision; and identity and integration. It was concluded that transition can be challenging and stressful but even whilst working independently participants are helped by a supportive environment in which their developmental needs are identified and met and active engagement in their broader community of practice. Recommendations are made concerning the need for a more structured, planned and consistent approach to the induction and preceptorship period.
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