Self-perception of readiness for clinical practice: a survey of accelerated Masters program graduate registered nurses

Cantlay, Andrew, Salamanca, Jennifer, Golaw, Cherie, Wolf, Daniel, Maas, Carly and Nicholson, Patricia 2017, Self-perception of readiness for clinical practice: a survey of accelerated Masters program graduate registered nurses, Nurse education in practice, vol. 24, pp. 34-42, doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.03.005.

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Title Self-perception of readiness for clinical practice: a survey of accelerated Masters program graduate registered nurses
Author(s) Cantlay, Andrew
Salamanca, Jennifer
Golaw, Cherie
Wolf, Daniel
Maas, Carly
Nicholson, PatriciaORCID iD for Nicholson, Patricia
Journal name Nurse education in practice
Volume number 24
Start page 34
End page 42
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-05
ISSN 1471-5953
Keyword(s) accelerated nursing programs
clinical competence
graduate nurse program
masters prepared nursing programs
new graduate nurses
readiness for clinical practice
Summary Accelerated nursing programs are gaining momentum as a means of career transition into the nursing profession for mature age learners in an attempt to meet future healthcare workforce demands in Australia. With a gap in the literature on readiness for practice of graduates from accelerated nursing programs at the Masters level the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the program based on graduates' preparedness for practice and graduate outcomes. Using a descriptive, exploratory design an online survey was used to explore the perception of graduate nurses' readiness for clinical practice. Forty-nine graduates from a nursing Masters program at an Australian university completed the survey defining readiness for practice as knowledge of self-limitations and seeking help, autonomy in basic clinical procedures, exhibiting confidence, possessing theoretical knowledge and practicing safe care. Graduates perceived themselves as adequately prepared to work as a beginner practitioner with their perception of readiness for clinical practice largely positive. The majority of participants agreed that the program had prepared them for work as a beginner practitioner with respondents stating that they felt adequately prepared in most areas relating to clinical practice. This would suggest that educational preparation was adequate and effective in achieving program objectives.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.03.005
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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