Background:Nurses at the start of their professional career may be in need of practicing their hands-on skills, as well as their theoretical knowledge. The Clinical Nursing Introduction Program, during one year, is an investment made in newly graduated nurses. The program aims to offer the nurses a good start in their professional careers and to create opportunities for them to progress in their profession.
Objective: The purpose of The Clinical Nursing Introduction Program is to create a safe and supportive environment where the newly graduated nurse is given the opportunity to progress into the profession through education, clinical supervision and critical reflection.
Method: The Clinical Nursing Introduction Program include:
? an employment until further notice as a registered nurse at Skaraborg Hospital
? working under one’s own responsibility as a registered nurse
? two placings in a clinical setting at different care units
? simulation and practice of hands-on skills in a safe and supportive environment
? process-oriented reflective supervision in nursing and theoretical education on current topics
? specific introduction for the minimum of four weeks at each care unit
? the opportunity to auscultate at an additional care unit
Having completed The Clinical Nursing Introduction Program the nurse is offered a permanent placing based on the nurse’s own wishes and the needs of the care unit. The Clinical Nursing Introduction Program starts up twice a year with an introduction week prior to introduction at each care unit respectively.
Process-oriented reflective supervision in nursing is perceived as a central component and is valued highly regarding the development of self-confidence in one’s professional role as a nurse. It is also an arena for exchanging experiences and to share and acquire new knowledge. The placings at different care units provide professional competence as well as an understanding of the organization of the hospital as a whole.
The Clinical Nursing Introduction Program has put focus on the need for support and development of self-confidence in the newly graduated nurse, to enable development of competence in one’s profession.