The developing role of Transition to Practice programs for newly graduated mental health nurses

Authors

  • Nicholas Procter RN PhD,

    1. Professor, Mental Health Nursing, Chair Mental Health Nursing, Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Jenny Beutel RN MA,

    1. Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Chief Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Office, SA Health, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Kate Deuter BAppSc GradCert,

    Corresponding author
    1. Research Assistant, Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
      Kate Deuter, Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia. Email: kate.deuter@unisa.edu.au
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  • David Curren RN BA MSc,

    1. Nursing Director Mental Health Division, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia, Australia
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  • Charlotte de Crespigny RN PhD,

    1. Professor of Drug and Alcohol Nursing, Discipline of Nursing, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Magda Simon RN GradDip

    1. Project Nurse Mental Health, Nursing and Midwifery Office, SA Health, Government of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Kate Deuter, Division of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia. Email: kate.deuter@unisa.edu.au

Abstract

Procter N, Beutel J, Deuter K, Curren D, de Crespigny C, Simon M. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 254–261

The developing role of Transition to Practice programs for newly graduated mental health nurses

A number of significant challenges face graduate mental health nurses entering the workforce. In response, Transition to Practice programs have been promoted as a potential strategy for improving recruitment and retention within the mental health system. This review explores the experience of transition for mental health nurse graduates and identifies key aspects of Transition to Practice programs that facilitate the transition to practising professional. A comprehensive review of qualitative research, which sought to provide insight into the experience of transition for graduate mental health nurses, was conducted. Nine studies were identified through a search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsychINFO, PsychArticles, Psychology, AMED, EMBASE and Health Source: Nursing/academic edition. Findings showed a disparity between undergraduate perceptions of the mental health nurse role and what is actually observed during placement, highlighting the need for the positive contribution of preceptors and mentors within a transitional support model for newly graduated mental health nurses.

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