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Employment opportunities for newly qualified nurses in London

By Ruth Harris, Sylvie Marshall-Lucette, Christine Chu, Ann Ooms, Linda Burke, Robert Grant and Jane Sayer

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Workforce planning in healthcare has become more challenging. Recently, increased competition for posts left students in many health professions with difficulty finding their first job. To address this, the Social Partnership Forum, drawn from the Department of Health and NHS Employers, has produced an action plan to maximise employment opportunities for newly qualified healthcare professionals (DH 2007). However, little is known about what influences the employment opportunities. This study aims to investigate the employment opportunities for nurses graduating from a London University and their experiences in seeking their first job. The main objectives were to: • describe the characteristics of newly qualified nursing workforce at September 2009 and February 2010 time points from 8 Health Education Institutes in London; • describe the first post gained after qualification and all posts undertaken within 6 months of qualification in terms of setting, nature and duration of contracts and geographical distribution; • explore employment patterns of different groups of nurses from London Universities including differences between age, gender, branch of nursing, ethnic group and level of achievement; • describe newly qualified nurses’ perceptions of preparedness for and experiences of applying for their first job. All students who successfully completed a diploma or degree in nursing were invited to participate and complete three structured questionnaires pre-qualification at three and six months post-qualification. Their consent was also sought to access HEI held data on their progress during their course. Data from 803 students were analysed using descriptive and multivariate statistics. Main findings include that 80% of students had a job interview before qualification and 85% of those had been offered a job, most of which were a permanent full-time contract in a London Trust. In this presentation, the in-depth findings will be reported and their implications discussed

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Publisher: Royal College of Nursing
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:gala.gre.ac.uk:7439
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