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How can I be properly prepared for qualifying as a nurse?

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 This article will tell you about

  • How student nurses experience the transition from student to qualified nurse
  • How having more responsibility and being accountable impacted on them
  • The debate about preceptorship being mandatory
  • How you can grow in confidence once qualified

You would be likely to reference this article if you were researching

  • Newly qualified nurses
  • Preceptorship
  • Professional issues

In what situations will this article be useful to me?

This article would be useful if you are researching the areas above and also if you are in your final year and preparing to qualify as a nurse. It will alert you to the possible areas of difficulty on qualifying. This analysis of the research on newly qualified nurses details how they found the increased responsibility and being accountable stressful.  For example the responsibility  of drug administration  was  identified  of particular concern.

Questions for your mentor/tutor

  • How can I be properly prepared for qualifying as a nurse?
  • How can I access support if needed?
  • How can I gain more experience in the areas that this article highlights as problematic such as drug administration and prioritising care for patients?

Student Nursing Times Decoder

  • Preceptorship: This is a structured programme that supports newly qualified nurses to develop their confidence and grow into their role as a qualified nurse. It is currently recommended but not mandatory.
  • Accountability: This means that you can be called to account for your actions and are responsible for your own actions.
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