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Program coordinators’ perspectives on implementing a transition program for newly graduated nurses: a qualitative interview study
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0871-0475
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - graduate level. (LOVHH)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0084-4636
2024 (English)In: Journal of Health Organization & Management, ISSN 1477-7266, E-ISSN 1758-7247, Vol. 38, no 9, p. 143-156Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

While transition programs are widely used to facilitate newly graduated nurses transition to healthcare settings, knowledge about preconditions for implementing such programs in the hospital context is scarce. The purpose of this study was to explore program coordinators’ perspectives on implementing a transition program for newly graduated nurses.

Design/methodology/approach 

An explorative qualitative study using individual interviews. Total of 11 program coordinators at five acute care hospital administrations in a south-west region in Sweden. Data was subjected to thematic analysis, using NVivo software to promote coding.

Findings

The following two themes were identified from the analysis: Create a shared responsibility for introducing newly graduated nurses, and establish legitimacy of the program. The implementation process was found to be a matter of both educational content and anchoring work in the hospital organization. To clarify the what and why of implementing a transition program, where the nurses learning processes are prioritized, was foundational prerequisites for successful implementation.

Originality/value 

This paper illustrates that implementing transition programs in contemporary hospital care context is a valuable but complex process that involves conflicting priorities. A program that is well integrated in the organization, in which responsibilities between different levels and roles in the hospital organization, aims and expectations on the program are clarified, is important to achieve the intentions of effective transition to practice. Joint actions need to be taken by healthcare policymakers, hospitals and ward managers, and educational institutions to support the implementation of transition programs as a long-term strategy for nurses entering hospital care.

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2024. Vol. 38, no 9, p. 143-156
Keywords [en]
Implementation, Healthcare organization, Newly graduated nurse, Transition program
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-21466DOI: 10.1108/jhom-01-2023-0018ISI: 001198091700001PubMedID: 38584370Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85189979980OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-21466DiVA, id: diva2:1850284
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