Challenges facing newly qualified community nurses: a qualitative study

Maxwell, Claire; Brigham, Lindsay; Logan, Jennifer and Smith, Ann (2011). Challenges facing newly qualified community nurses: a qualitative study. British Journal of Community Nursing, 16(9) pp. 428–434.



This article describes a qualitative study that set out first to explore the challenges facing recently qualified nurses working in community and intermediate healthcare settings, and their perceptions of role and professional identity, and then to propose effective support structures. Data were gathered using individual interviews which were recorded, transcribed and analysed through categorization using four key themes: transition work;new learning; support and supervision; professional identity and integration. It was concluded that transition can be challenging and stressful but, despite the level of independent working in the community, participants can be helped to develop resilience by a supportive environment in which their developmental needs are identified and met. Recommendations are made concerning the need for a more structured and planned approach to induction and preceptorship.

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