The effect of transition to specialty practice programs on Australian emergency nurses' professional development, recruitment and retention

Morphet, Julia, Kent, Bridie, Plummer, Virginia and Considine, Julie 2015, The effect of transition to specialty practice programs on Australian emergency nurses' professional development, recruitment and retention, Australasian emergency nursing journal, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 204-211, doi: 10.1016/j.aenj.2015.08.001.

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Title The effect of transition to specialty practice programs on Australian emergency nurses' professional development, recruitment and retention
Author(s) Morphet, Julia
Kent, Bridie
Plummer, Virginia
Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie orcid.org/0000-0003-3801-2456
Journal name Australasian emergency nursing journal
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 204
End page 211
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1574-6267
Keyword(s) Emergency nursing
Professional development
Recruitment
Retention
Transition program
Summary BACKGROUND: To date, emergency nursing Transition to Specialty Practice Program (TSPP) evaluations have been single-site observational studies. The aim of this paper was to examine the professional development, recruitment and retention outcomes of Australian emergency nursing TSPPs. METHODS: An explanatory sequential design was used. Data were collected via online surveys and interviews of emergency Nurse Unit Managers and Nurse Educators. Survey data from EDs with TSPPs and EDs without TSPPs were compared. Qualitative data were analysed using content analysis. RESULTS: Data were collected from 118 EDs, and 13 interviews. TSPPs were offered in 72.1% of EDs. EDs with TSPPs had higher proportions of nurses with postgraduate qualifications (Mdn 28.3% vs. 22.1%, p=0.45) and Clinical Specialists (Mdn 16.4% vs. 6.3%, p=0.04). The median proportion of currently rostered nurses with TSPP completion was 34.2% in EDs with TSPPs introduced in 2000-2005 indicating ED high levels of retention. CONCLUSION: Emergency nursing TSPPs have had a positive effect on nursing professional development, recruitment and retention. To ensure consistency in outcomes and optimise reliability of emergency nursing skills and knowledge, a national emergency nursing TSPP framework is needed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.aenj.2015.08.001
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078594

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