Band 5 nurses' perceptions and experiences of professional development
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Band 5 nurses' perceptions and experiences of professional development

Susan Wilkinson Assistant director of nursing, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, England
Richard Hayward

The aim of this qualitative study was to explore band 5 nurses' perceptions and experiences of professional development in an acute care provider to identify what, if any, effect these have on their job satisfaction and intention to stay in post.


An adapted grounded theory approach was used. Theoretical sampling identified band 5 nurses in their first 24 months of employment in the trust. Data were collected through focus groups and analysed using the constant comparative method.


Findings suggest that the provision of, and support for, development opportunities affect nurses' job satisfaction, and investment in these opportunities is likely to improve staff retention.


It is important that resources and funding can be used flexibly so nurse leaders can ensure nursing staff are provided with the training and career progression they require. This will support them to achieve and retain essential competencies, and improve job satisfaction and staff retention.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2017.e1537


Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 31 May 2016

Accepted: 14 November 2016

Published online: 07 April 2017

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