Hitting the ground running: Straight from the classroom into general practice

Walsh, Nicki and Mason, Rachael (2018) Hitting the ground running: Straight from the classroom into general practice. In: Queen's Nursing Institute Annual Conference: Healthcare in the Community - From Silence to Voice, 24th-25th September 2018, Royal College of General Practitioners, London.

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General practice is facing a shortage of doctors and nurses, and rural locations can find it difficult to recruit and retain staff (GP Taskforce, 2014; QNI, 2015). Student nurses need exposure to primary care nursing roles in order to consider this as a future career and develop the skills needed for this environment.

Students were offered final placements within general practice as part of the development of training hubs initiated by Health Education England. A further objective of this project was to enable mentors in GP surgeries to gain the skills needed to become a sign off mentor.

Aim of Research: Explore the student experience and perception of their final placement in general practice.

Method: A qualitative design utilising a semi-structured group interview with three student nurses who had successfully completed a final placement within general practice. Thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006) of the transcript was undertaken independently by both researchers.

Results: Three themes emerged from the data: Myth busting, Teaching and Learning Environment, and Competency Attainment.

The diverse nature of the practice nurse role creates a suitable final placement for student nurses. The support available in these environments facilitates a positive learning experience for students. Providing student nurses with a final placement within general practice helps equip the future workforce with the necessary skills for primary care. It enables students to understand the career paths open to them and through exposure, consider a future as a practice nurse

Keywords:Primary care, general practice, Nursing students, Practice placements
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B740 Adult Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B714 Practice Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:41324
Deposited On:13 Jul 2020 10:45

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