AIM: The aim of this study was investigating, analysing and evaluating which aspects of the clinical training would be most useful to newly degreed nurses in carrying out their work activities post-graduation, based on their experience.
METHODS: This is a phenomenological qualitative study, with semi-structured, face-to-face, in depth interviews. We used purposive sample. Recruiting of interviewees stopped at achievement of data saturation. Interviews were all audio recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed in double blind, in order to identify the main themes that emerged. The Van Kaam method was used to analyse interview content.
RESULTS: Fourteen nurses, just graduated from Milan University, were involved in the study. Five themes emerged: the relation between theory-practice and the development of clinical thinking, the "time factor" in clinical training duration, the clinical nurse teacher as a professional model, the first days as a nurse: beautiful, traumatic and with loads of responsibility, and finally improvement strategies for a continuously evolving profession.
CONCLUSION: Clinical training is confirmed as a key moment in the link of theory with practice and to infuse the newly qualified professional with the necessary autonomy, self-confidence and practical knowledge. Novice nurses highlighted many positive aspects of their training obtained by means of the clinical training experience, but also that they need time in order to develop confidence and learn to handle responsibility; in this respect, the clinical nurse teacher is seen as a fundamental figure.
|Translated title of the contribution||Clinical training and perception of its effects on the first novice nurse work experience: a phenomenological study|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 21 2018|