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

Higgins, Georgina, Spencer, Rachael and Kane, Roslyn (2010) A systematic review of the experiences and perceptions of the newly qualified nurse in the United Kingdom. Nurse Education Today, 30 (6). pp. 499-508. ISSN 0260-6917

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

Keywords:Student newly qualified nurse transition experiences
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B790 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:2972
Deposited On:21 Jul 2010 12:04

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