In the first phase of the study we have gathered information and evidence from a range of sources about the transition period for newly qualified nurses (NQN’s). We have conducted a rapid evidence assessment of the literature on this topic to assess the evidence in relation to approaches used to enhance transition and retention. This has included randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, surveys and qualitative studies. We will be sharing our findings from this review in 2019. We have also conducted interviews with a number of different people to better understand the key factors impacting on the transition of NQN’s. This has included final year student nurses, newly qualified nurses, clinical leaders and academics. These interviews are ongoing but we will be sharing some of the highlights early in 2019 via our blogs.
The second phase is now underway and we are using evidence from Phase 1 to work with our Advisory Group, partners and wider networks to inform the development of our “transition toolkit” to assist universities, NQN’s and employers to support successful transition.
In the final phase of the study, we will be evaluating the toolkit to see if it helps NQN’s and employers during the transition period and improves the number of nurses who are retained.