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Type: Journal article
Title: Flexibility in competency-based workplace transition programs : an exploratory study of community child and family health nursing.
Author: Cusack, L.
Gilbert, S.
Fereday, J.
Citation: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 2013; 44(3):129-136
Publisher: SLAKE Inc
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0022-0124
Statement of
Lynette Cusack, Sandra Gilbert, Jennifer Fereday.
Abstract: Background: Successful transition to practice programs that use competency-based assessment require the involvement of all staff, especially those undertaking the preceptor role. Methods: Qualitative data were collected using interview methods. Participants were 14 newly employed nurses and 7 preceptors in the child and family community health service in South Australia. Participant narratives were recorded electronically, transcribed, and thematically analyzed using the paradigm of critical social science. Results: Five themes were identified that describe enablers as well as barriers to applying a flexible transition to practice program using competency-based assessment. These included flexibility in the program design, flexibility on the part of preceptors, flexibility to enable recognition of previous learning, flexibility in the assessment of competencies, and flexibility in workload. Conclusion: To ensure successful application of a transition to practice program using competency-based assessment, preceptors must understand the flexible arrangements built into the program design and have the confidence and competence to apply them.
Keywords: Major Subjects: Education, Competency-Based Transitional Programs New Graduate Nurses Minor Subjects: Human
Exploratory Research
Qualitative Studies
South Australia
Thematic Analysis
Competency Assessment
Family Nursing
Community Health Nursing
Nurse Attitudes
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Slack Inc.
DOI: 10.3928/00220124-20130215-72
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