Identifying the needs of critical and acute cardiac care nurses within the first two years of practice in Egypt using a nominal group technique

Gorman, L. L. and McDowell, J. R.S. (2018) Identifying the needs of critical and acute cardiac care nurses within the first two years of practice in Egypt using a nominal group technique. Nurse Education in Practice, 28, pp. 127-134. (doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2017.10.005) (PMID:29078108)

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Nursing in Egypt faces many challenges and working conditions in health care settings are generally poor. Little is known about the needs of new nurses transitioning in Egypt. The literature focuses on the first year of practice and only a small body of research has explored the transition needs within acute care speciality settings. This paper reports on the important professional needs of new graduate nurses working in an acute cardiac setting in Egypt during the first two years of practice and differences between their perceived most important needs. The total population participated and two group interviews were conducted (n = 5; n = 6) using the nominal group technique. Needs were identified and prioritised using both rankings and ratings to attain consensus. Content analysis was conducted to produce themes and enable cross-group comparison. Rating scores were standardised for comparison within and between groups. Both groups ranked and rated items as important: 1) education, training and continued professional development; 2) professional standards; 3) supportive clinical practice environment; 4) manageable work patterns, and 5) organisational structure. It is important that health care organisations are responsive to these needs to ensure support strategies reflect the priorities of new nurses transitioning in acute care hospitals within Egypt.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Acute cardiac care, newly graduate nurses, nominal group technique, professional needs.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDowell, Dr Joan and Gorman, Miss Linda
Authors: Gorman, L. L., and McDowell, J. R.S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Nurse Education in Practice
ISSN (Online):1873-5223
Published Online:07 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Nurse Education in Practice 28:127-134
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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