Experiences of Newly Qualified Nurses in Critical Care: A qualitative systematic review

Elias, Charlotte ORCID: 0000-0003-3364-0496 and Day, Tina (2020) Experiences of Newly Qualified Nurses in Critical Care: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 21 (4). pp. 334-343. doi:10.1177/1751143720926794

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Recent nursing shortages have been particularly felt in specialist areas, like Critical Care, which require higher staffing quotas; leading to increased recruitment of Newly Qualified Nurses in an area once reserved for the more experienced. This qualitative systematic review aimed to explore the experiences of Newly Qualified Nurses working in Critical Care, as their first job post-registration. A systematic search was undertaken between December 2017 and May 2018, yielding eight studies for inclusion in this review. Eligibility criteria included a qualitative design; Newly Qualified Nurses with less than two years post-registration experience, working in adult Intensive Care Units. Data were extracted and synthesised using the Thematic Synthesis approach. Five main themes emerged from the data: Intensive Care Unit Readiness; An Emotional Spectrum; Developing Relationships; The Journey to Self-Satisfaction and Intensive Care Unit Commitment. Conclusions are that an undergraduate placement in Critical Care should be facilitated where possible, consistent mentorship enhances Newly Qualified Nurse satisfaction, peer support is an important coping mechanism and opportunities for socialisation should be facilitated.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted for publication in the Journal of the Intensive Care Society may be used for non-commercial and no derivatives purposes only.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Care; Intensive Care Unit; Newly Qualified Nurses; Experiences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 15:14
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2023 14:16
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/8422

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