An evaluative study of the effectiveness of preceptorship for newly qualified nurses.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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This evaluative investigation of the effectiveness of preceptorship within Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust is an action research study. The purpose of the research was to critically analyse the support given to newly qualified nurses in the Trust during their preceptorship period (first six months). The timing of the study corresponded with the launch of a new Preceptorship Policy within the Trust. The role of the preceptors and the support that they receive was evaluated and related to the experiences of the newly qualified nurses. questionnaires were distributed to the newly qualified nurses attending the Trust Nurse Foundation Programme (NFP) and to their preceptors in the clinical arca. Both qualitative and quantitative data was collected to determine the level of support given and received and their experiences of the preceptorship process. The findings indicated a disparity of preceptorship experiences throughout the Trust that indicated a lack of awareness of the newly launched Preceptorship policy and the benefits of preceptorship. Preparation for the role was generally felt to be adequate, with the exception of the lack of information relating to the contents of the NFP. The lack of support that preceptors receive did not seem to be an issue. Lack of time to support new starters, however, was a constant theme throughout the study, highlighted by both preceptors and preceptees. The lack of written competencies in some areas to support the preceptorship process was also a common issue raised in the study.
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