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Closing the gap on nurse retention: a scoping review of implications for undergraduate education.

Scammell, J., Collard, S. and Tee, S., 2020. Closing the gap on nurse retention: a scoping review of implications for undergraduate education. Nurse Education Today, 84 (January), 104253.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2019.104253


Objectives: Newly qualified nurses leave the profession at a higher rate than any other year of experience. Undergraduate education influences nurse retention following qualification. However, it is unclear if strategies to overcome the common factors associated with intent to leave once qualified are included within undergraduate programmes. A scoping review was conducted to explore the literature within nursing as well as social work undergraduate education to obtain viewpoints from an allied profession with similar staff retention concerns. Design and data sources: Following PRISMA extension guidelines for a scoping review, the research question used to explore the literature was: What is the impact of undergraduate nurse and social work education on retention when newly qualified? Databases searched were BNI, CINAHL complete, Science Direct, PsycINFO, Medline Complete, Academic Search Complete and ERIC. Review method: One author undertook a comprehensive electronic and hand search of relevant research articles. These were then discussed with two authors for inclusion within the review and data extracted for thematic analysis. Results: Limited through search inclusion and quality of research, ten research papers met the criteria for this review. Main themes identified were resilience and commitment, perceived knowledge and confidence, preparation for transition and expectation of supervision. Conclusion: The literature presents the need to strengthen resilience-building within undergraduate education in the transition to newly qualified practitioner, support to cope with the emotional and physical impact of professional practice as well as developing confidence in one’s skills, guidance for career progression, promotion of authentic leadership in work-place mentors and commitment of both the University and health or social organisation to support staff to be healthy and feel valued.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Funding source: Burdett Trust for Nursing
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32934
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Oct 2019 15:24
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:18


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