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A framework for transition to specialty practice programmes

Morphet, J, Plummer, V, Kent, B and Considine, Julie-Anne 2017, A framework for transition to specialty practice programmes, Journal of advanced nursing, vol. 73, no. 8, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1111/jan.13279.

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Title A framework for transition to specialty practice programmes
Author(s) Morphet, J
Plummer, V
Kent, B
Considine, Julie-AnneORCID iD for Considine, Julie-Anne
Journal name Journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 73
Issue number 8
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0309-2402
Keyword(s) emergency nursing
mixed method design
professional development
transition programme
workforce issues
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary AIM: To develop a framework for emergency nursing transition to specialty practice programmes. BACKGROUND: Transition to Specialty Practice programmes were introduced to fill workforce shortages and facilitate the transition of nurses to specialty nursing practice. These programmes are recognized as an essential preparation for emergency nurses. Emergency nursing Transition to Specialty Practice programmes have developed in an ad hoc manner and as a result, programme characteristics vary. Variability in programme characteristics may result in inconsistent preparation of emergency nurses. DESIGN: Donabedian's Structure-Process-Outcome model was used to integrate results of an Australian study of emergency nursing Transition to Specialty Practice programmes with key education, nursing practice and safety and quality standards to develop the Transition to Specialty Practice (Emergency Nursing) Framework. METHODS: An explanatory sequential design was used. Data were collected from 118 emergency departments over 10 months in 2013 using surveys. Thirteen interviews were also conducted. Comparisons were made using Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallis and Chi-square tests. Qualitative data were analysed using content analysis. RESULTS: Transition to Specialty Practice programmes were offered in 80 (72·1%) emergency departments surveyed, to improve safe delivery of patient care. Better professional development outcomes were achieved in emergency departments which employed participants in small groups (Median = 4 participants) and offered programmes of 6 months duration. Written assessments were significantly associated with articulation to postgraduate study (Chi-square Fisher's exact P = <0·001). CONCLUSION: The Transition to Specialty Practice (Emergency Nursing) Framework has been developed based on best available evidence to enable a standardized approach to the preparation of novice emergency nurses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jan.13279
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
1110 Nursing
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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