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Do rotation schemes for newly qualified nurses produce multi-skilled professionals?

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A rotation scheme to give newly-qualified nurses a greater variety of experience has been started by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The scheme is intended to give newly-qualified nurses rounded development during their first year in practice. They will be employed by a locality rather than a service, and will have opportunities to work across services.

The mental health trust said the scheme was intended to provide an opportunity to “upskill” staff in areas outside their normal practice, improve working relationships across services, support personal development, and also to improve staff retention and prevent burnout.


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  • Anonymous

    you mean like we used to do in the good old days of ward-based training -6 months medical, 6 months surgery then apply for a permanent job.

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  • Anonymous

    It worked for me. We all did 2 x 6 month rotational posts when we first qualified. One medical one surgical, before we went into our 1st permanent full time post. But then in those days you were also trained on the hospital grounds in the nursing school, with support from practical tutors who came and worked on the wards with you.
    I think there was a lot to be said for rotational posts after qualifying, it gave you a good grounding in both specialities and as its not uncommon for medical and surgical patients to be outlying on other wards, its useful to have that depth of experience.

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