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Newly qualified nurses 'can handle pressure of ICU'


Nurses who start their career in intensive care cope well with the complexity and pressure of the job, according to Leeds Metropolitan University researchers online in the journal Nursing in Critical Care.

They interviewed eight newly qualifieds and seven senior nurses.

The newly qualifieds reported anxiety about time management and accountability but seniors felt they coped well with the “demanding aspects” of ICU.

The authors said student placements in ICU reduced “reality shock” for newly qualifieds and prepared them for the “steep learning curve”.


Readers' comments (3)

  • Adam Roxby

    I knew a student that went to pay any straight after qualifying and as far as I know she is getting on brilliantly. So can be daunting for newly qualified students to enter a hectic environment like that but it is not impossible.

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  • Of course they can bloody handle it! They are fully qualified staff Nurses after all! Just because they are newly qualified does not detract from that fact! But they should be offered the support and ongoing post reg training that allows them to become specifically skilled and experienced in that field, just in the same way that experienced Nurses should be supported and offered training to keep their skills up to date. We are all highly skilled professionals, and we all need support at varying degrees throughout our career, but that does not mean inexperienced Nurses should be seen as any less a professional than their experienced colleagues!

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  • I'm not really sure what this "research" is supposed to prove.

    Firstly (and no-one's more suprised at this than me) but I agree with Mike- why shouldn't they be able to cope with it?

    If however there really is an issue or concern about newly quaified nurses in ICU perhaps they should have undertaken to speak to more than 8 people.

    8 people is hardly reflective of the environment as a whole. Sounds like they went to their nearest ICU to me

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