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A systematic review of the experiences and perceptions of the newly qualified nurse in the United Kingdom

By Georgina Higgins, Rachael Spencer and Roslyn Kane


Aim: A systematic literature review of the experiences and perceptions of newly qualified nurses in the\ud UK during the transition from student to staff nurse.\ud Background: It has been widely recognised that newly qualified nurses experience a period of transition.\ud Over the past decade there has been radical reorganisation of nurse education in the UK which has raised\ud issues of preparation for practice.\ud Data sources: Searches were made of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature\ud (CINAHL) and MEDLINE.\ud Methods: A systematic review was carried out. Papers were critically reviewed, relevant data were\ud extracted and synthesised.\ud Results: Four themes were identified from the empirical evidence base: transition and change, personal\ud and professional development, pre-registration education, preceptorship and support.\ud Conclusion: Transition remains a stressful experience for newly qualified nurses in the UK. Reasons\ud include an increase in personal and professional development, changes in pre-registration education\ud and lack of support once qualified.\ud Recommendations: Further research is needed to address the current situation in relation to the transition\ud period including pre-registration education, preparation for practice and support in both primary and\ud secondary care

Topics: X342 Academic studies in Higher Education, B790 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Elsevier / Churchill Livingstone
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.10.017
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