Qualified nurses' rate new nursing graduates as lacking skills in key clinical areas

Missen, Karen, McKenna, Lisa, Beauchamp, Alison and Larkins, Jo-Ann 2016, Qualified nurses' rate new nursing graduates as lacking skills in key clinical areas, Journal of clinical nursing, vol. 25, no. 15-16, pp. 2134-2143, doi: 10.1111/jocn.13316.

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Title Qualified nurses' rate new nursing graduates as lacking skills in key clinical areas
Author(s) Missen, Karen
McKenna, Lisa
Beauchamp, AlisonORCID iD for Beauchamp, Alison orcid.org/0000-0001-6555-6200
Larkins, Jo-Ann
Journal name Journal of clinical nursing
Volume number 25
Issue number 15-16
Start page 2134
End page 2143
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-08
ISSN 1365-2702
Keyword(s) clinical skills
new nursing graduates
Clinical Competence
Education, Nursing
Middle Aged
Students, Nursing
Surveys and Questionnaires
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore perceptions of qualified nurses on the abilities of newly registered nursing graduates to perform a variety of clinical skills.
BACKGROUND: Evidence from the literature suggests that undergraduate nursing programmes do not adequately prepare nursing students to be practice-ready on completion of their nursing courses.
DESIGN: A descriptive quantitative design was used.
METHODS: Participants were recruited through the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Victorian branch. A brief explanation of the study and a link to the survey were promoted in their monthly e-newsletter. A total of 245 qualified nurses in the state of Victoria, Australia participated in this study. A survey tool of 51 clinical skills and open-ended questions was used, whereby participants were asked to rate new nursing graduates' abilities using a 5-point Likert scale.
RESULTS: Overall participants rated new nursing graduates' abilities for undertaking clinical skills as good or very good in 35·3% of skills, 33·3% were rated as adequate and 31·4% rated as being performed poorly or very poorly. Of concern, essential clinical skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving, working independently and assessment procedures, were found to be poorly executed and affecting new registered nurses graduates' competence.
CONCLUSION: The findings from this study can further serve as a reference for nursing education providers to enhance nursing curricula and work collaboratively with healthcare settings in preparing nurses to be competent, safe practitioners on completion of their studies.
RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Identifying key areas in which new nursing graduates are not yet competent means that educational providers and educators from healthcare settings can focus on these skills in better preparing our nurses to be work ready.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jocn.13316
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
1110 Nursing
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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