Student nurses' career intentions following placements in general practice through the advanced training practices scheme (ATPS): findings from an online survey.

LEWIS, Robin, IBBOTSON, Rachel and KELLY, Shona (2019). Student nurses' career intentions following placements in general practice through the advanced training practices scheme (ATPS): findings from an online survey. BMC Medical Education, 19 (1), p. 448.

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BACKGROUND: The demand for General Practice services in the UK, and elsewhere, is rising quickly. In part, the increasing demand is from an aging population that requires management of multiple long-term conditions. The General Practice Nurse is increasingly taking on the role. It is acknowledged that if general practice is to be able to recruit sufficient General Practice Nurses (GPNs) to meet this increasing demand in the future, new graduate nurses must be encouraged to consider general practice as a viable career option. This research is part of a review of the Advanced Training Practice Scheme (ATPS) which supported clinical placements in participating general practices. METHODS: The aim of the study was to examine nursing students' perceptions of GP placements, and their effect upon career intentions following graduation from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), in the UK. Interviews and an online survey were used collect data. Only the survey is reported here. The bespoke survey examined students' views of: opportunities for learning new clinical skills and consolidating existing clinical skills; the learning environment in general practice and their views on a career in general practice. RESULTS: One thousand one hundred twenty undergraduate adult-field nursing students were contacted, with a response rate of 41% (N = 462). Ninety respondents had a placement and, 92% (N = 84) viewed practice nursing positively, and 77% (N = 70) felt that the placement had transformed their views on general practice. The opportunity to participate in the management of the various aspects of chronic disease was identified by 84% (N = 76) of the students as a key new skill they had acquired. They also reported that they valued a team ethos, control over aspects of work, and the variety of health problems they encountered. CONCLUSION: The findings from this study demonstrate a positive experience arising from the provision of General Practice placements for nursing students. The use of 'targeted' placement schemes with appropriate support such as this may be seen as a viable way of exposing nursing students to General Practice nursing, and of encouraging new graduate nurses to consider General Practice nursing as a viable career option.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Career intentions; Education; General practice nursing; Practice placements; Questionnaire; Recruitment; Student nurses; Survey; Medical Informatics; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; 1117 Public Health and Health Services
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Page Range: p. 448
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 13:37
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