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Graduate nursing performance : a descriptive study of the perceptions of graduates, preceptors and clinical nurse consultants in Tasmania

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posted on 2023-05-27, 17:17 authored by Roberts, Karen Elizabeth
This descriptive study used the Australian Nursing Council Incorporated (ANCI) Competencies eighteen major headings as a set of performance criteria to investigate four aspects of graduate nursing performance: ‚Äö the perceptions of registered nurses (RN) (Graduates, Preceptors and Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNC)) regarding the expected level of graduate nursing performance at the completion of a Bachelor of Nursing (BN) course, and the commencement of employment as a registered nurse; ‚Äö the perceptions of registered nurses of the actual level of graduate nursing performance near the completion of the first professional year; ‚Äö the components of nursing practice registered nurses believed were critical to a satisfactory level of graduate nursing performance; and ‚Äö the attributes of a Graduate: pe:rc.f':ivf':ci hy registered nurses to represent outstanding nursing performance. All Graduates from the University of Tasmania's BN 1996 programme, RN Preceptors who worked with the Graduates, and the CNC's of the areas where Graduates were employed were invited to participate in the study. Findings revealed that Graduates expected to be functioning at a higher level of performance at the beginning of their graduate year than did the Preceptors and CNCs. There was little agreement between the three groups. When agreement between pairs of groups was examined Preceptors and CNCs agreed the most, followed by Graduates and Preceptors and Graduates and CNCs. When perceptions were sought regarding Graduates' nursing performance near the end of their graduate year Graduates again rated their nursing performance higher than Preceptors and CNCs. There was little agreement between the three groups. When agreement between pairs of groups was examined Graduates and Preceptors agreed the most. Overall, the Graduate and Preceptor groups were more consistent than the CNC group in their rating of Graduate performance. All three groups identified eight performance criteria that were seen as important to achieving a satisfactory nursing performance. These critical Competencies could be interpreted as a beginning description by RNs of their beliefs about \good nursing practice\" and a \"good nurse\". For the Graduate group \"safe practice\" and \"personal/professional continuing education\" were the most frequently cited attributes of outstanding Graduate performance. For the Preceptor and CNC groups the most frequently cited attributes were \"communication skills\" and \"knowledgeable and skillful caregiving\". The findings of the study would suggest that the Preceptors and CNCs most immediately involved in the transition experiences of Graduates need to discuss and share expectations and perceptions of graduate nursing performance between themselves and with the Graduates."


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