Preparing nurses to work in primary care: educators’ perspectives
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Preparing nurses to work in primary care: educators’ perspectives

Gary Albutt Deputy dean and director of teaching and learning, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield, Sheffield.
Parveen Ali Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull.
Roger Watson Professor of nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull.

Aim

To report nurse educators’ perspectives of the appropriateness of pre-registration nursing education programmes in preparing nurses to practise in primary care.

Method

Data were collected through semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews with eight nurse educators, and were subject to thematic analysis.

Findings

Nurse educators believed that nursing education programmes did not adequately prepare newly qualified nurses to work in primary care because they provided limited experience in this setting.

Conclusion

Factors such as shortage of practice placements in primary care and lack of mentors to supervise and support students were identified as major barriers to student learning and subsequent preparedness to work in primary care.

Nursing Standard. 27, 36,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.05.27.36.41.e7085

Correspondence

p.ali@hull.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Accepted: 31 December 2012