Developing newly qualified nurses’ confidence within neonatal intensive care
Newly-registered nurses can struggle with the transition from student to practitioner; achieving competence within a critical care area, such as neonatal care, can be particularly challenging. Education is pivotal for nurturing new registrants so that they stay in their specialist area. A neonatal competency framework for new neonatal nurses in their first year of practice was implemented in South Wales. This article discusses the importance of supporting new nurses to develop their knowledge, skills, confidence and competence in neonatal care and why this is important for staff retention.
Jessica M. Beynon
Practice Development Lead Neonatal Services Singleton Hospital, Swansea Bay
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