An Action research study to identify the support and professional development needs of Newly Qualified Specialist Practitioner District Nurses
Kelly, H. (2016) An Action research study to identify the support and professional development needs of Newly Qualified Specialist Practitioner District Nurses, no. 110.
Key words: Action Research, Newly Qualified Specialist Practitioner District Nurses (NQSPDN), Transition, Preparedness, preceptorship, sustainability. The main aim of this proposal is to identify what the professional development and support needs of NQSPDN are within their first year of their new role. The Introduction and background sections justify the choice of topic in relation to contemporary District Nursing and policy. An action research approach has been adopted and normally a literature review would be carried out by the facilitator and co-researchers during the process, however for the purpose of this research proposal a literature review has been undertaken by the author. Key themes emerged from the literature review: Transition, preceptorship, preparedness, identity and organisational support. The key issues identified within the literature have informed the rationale for the chosen methodology. By using an Action research approach and focus groups with a purposive sample of NQSPDN, current Specialist Practitioner District Nurses (SPDN) and SPDN Practice Teachers (SPDNPT) as co-researchers, the objectives are to explore the issues in relation to current support, and the extent of these issues within practice. Action research cycles will guide the facilitator and group to reflect, plan, action and evaluate improvements or changes identified. These cycles of action continue until the specific group are satisfied that its objectives have been met. This is a dynamic process which ensures that the processes and outcomes are fit for purpose. Finally issues arising from both the literature review and methodology has been discussed, with implications for practice identified. It is the authors intention to take this proposal forward with other Scottish District Nurse educators to undertake this study and develop a programme nationally utilising the findings to contribute to the retention and sustainability of this unique and essential workforce. Ethical considerations and data analysis have been addressed throughout the research proposal.