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Group debriefing: an approach to psychosocial support for New Graduate Registered Nurses and Trainee Enrolled Nurses.
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PMID:  16393106     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The transition from student to an accountable health professional is a difficult time for the novice nurse and can result in significant anxiety, stress and poor socialisation into the nursing profession. A strategy applied at a major tertiary teaching hospital to address transitional issues for novice nurses is that of group debriefing sessions. This qualitative study used focus groups to explore the effectiveness of these debriefing sessions for new graduate nurses and trainee enrolled nurses. The results demonstrated that the sessions provided nurses with a supportive environment, access to peer support and a sense of belonging. This provided an opportunity to develop confidence in their nursing competence and improvement in interpersonal communication skills. Debriefing sessions are an effective psychosocial support mechanism that can ameliorate the 'reality shock' experienced by nurses in their first year of practice. Group debriefing is an important component in the transitional support process and should be used to complement other strategies to enhance the psychosocial experiences of novice nurses.
Nicole Mangone; Jennie King; Tara Croft; Jill Church
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contemporary nurse     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1037-6178     ISO Abbreviation:  Contemp Nurse     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-05     Completed Date:  2006-03-02     Revised Date:  2012-03-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211867     Medline TA:  Contemp Nurse     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  248-57     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Northern Sydney Central Coast Health, Gosford, New South Wales.
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MeSH Terms
Focus Groups
Middle Aged
New South Wales
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
Pilot Projects
Program Evaluation
Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
Social Support*
Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*

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