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Title: Does undertaking nursing training in a partnership program buffer transition shock in new graduate nurses? A cohort study.
Epworth Authors: Dudley, Mietta
Botti, Mari
Hutchinson, Ana
Keywords: Collaborative Model
Clinical Education
Nursing Students
Delivery of Theoretical Education
Clinical Placements
Collaborative Clinical Education Epworth Deakin Model
Transition Shock
Undergraduate Clinical Program
Independent Practice
Work Readiness Scale
Work Competence
Epworth/Deakin Centre for Clinical Nursing Research, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Week 2018
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Background In 2005, Epworth HealthCare in partnership with Deakin University, developed a collaborative model of clinical education for nursing students that combines the delivery of theoretical education and clinical placements at the one health service. The Collaborative Clinical Education Epworth Deakin (CCEED) model of clinical education has been implemented for 13 years. It has been reported that new graduates experience a degree of ‘transition shock’ when moving from undergraduate clinical program into independent practice. Aims The key aims of this research project were to evaluate whether nurses who completed their undergraduate education through the CCEED program, experienced lower levels ‘transition shock’ than graduate nurses from other education programs. Methods A prospective repeated measures comparative design was used. Work Readiness was measured using the validated Work Readiness Scale (WRS). Participants’ self-reported work readiness was compared between completion of their nursing degree and three months after commencing their graduate year using paired T-Tests. Differences between groups in the magnitude of change in each of the WRS subscales are described. Results The sample included 75 graduate nurses recruited in November-December 2015 and 24 clinical mentors recruited in 2016; 22(29%) nurses had completed CCEED and 53(71%) were students from other programs. After commencing their graduate year, participants’ perceptions of their ‘work competence’ decreased and there was a significant decrease in the WRS score for non-CCEED graduates relating to ‘personal work characteristics’ (p=.030). Conclusion CCEED graduates experienced the transition from undergraduate student to graduate nurse relatively smoothly and were less likely to experience ‘transition shock’.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: Deakin University Geelong, Australia. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research.
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Cohort Study
Appears in Collections:Clinical Education & Simulation
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