Title

Managing the transition of Saudi new graduate nurses into clinical practice in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Fielden, JM 2012, 'Managing the transition of Saudi new graduate nurses into clinical practice in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia', Journal of Nursing Management, vol. 20, pp. 28-37.

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http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01348.x

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Aim To report on the benefits of developing a new graduate programme for Saudi nurses at one hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Background With the national policy of Saudization of the workforce, the numbers of Saudi new graduate nurses (NGNs) seeking employment is increasing.

Methods A project report outlining an educational needs analysis of Saudi NGNs, and the subsequent development and expansion of a New Graduate Development Programme (NGDP) utilizing a Practise Development framework. Competence and safe practise in Saudi NGNs was evaluated using two specifically designed tools: the Final Clinical Competence Evaluation and the Clinical Challenge.

Results A three‐phase structured NGDP was successfully implemented resulting in NGNs developing improved confidence and competence. They were judged as being safe to practise and more patient centred, as measured against the established performance indicators.

Conclusion Adopting a practise Development (PD) framework provided a clear structure and direction for the NGDP.

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