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'Internship' recommended for Welsh graduates

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A workforce inquiry has recommended an ‘internship’ scheme be introduced to help graduate nurses in Wales find work.

Based on a Scottish initiative, newly-qualified Welsh nurses would be sent latest details of vacant posts for 12 months after completing their training.

The recommendation is one of 28 made to the Welsh Assembly by the Health, Wellbeing and Local Government Committee inquiry into workforce planning in health and social care.

The inquiry report warned there was a risk that new nurses who had received ‘expensive training at the public expense’ might be lost due to lack of sufficient funded posts.

‘An [internship] scheme would ensure the consolidation of skills acquired in training as well as ensuring that these skills are not immediately lost to the public service,’ the report concluded.

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  • We have been using an "internship" or Residency Program for new nurses here at my hospital in Phoenix, Arizona for several years. The program provides additional support and guidance during those critical first months in a new post. The residents attend classes which are specifically directed toward 'real world' nursing & spend 12 weeks with a preceptoron their home unit.They attend "Briefing" sessions - safe, small groups where they are encouraged to express their feelings about their new experiences. They have "Impact Experiences" - where they get to 'shadow' on other Units (Endo,wound) but as a Registered Nurse and not as a student. The program results in loyal, educated, confident nurses

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