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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Practice manager expectations of new graduate registered nurses in Australian general practice: a national survey

Christina Aggar A E , Jacqueline G. Bloomfield A , Cynthia Stanton B D , Catherine Baynie C and Christopher J. Gordon A
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A Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

B Northern Sydney Medicare local, Thornleigh, NSW 2120, Australia.

C Australian Association of Practice Management Limited (AAPM), Level 1, 60 Lothian Street, North Melbourne, Vic. 3051, Australia.

D Present address: Sydney North Health Network, St Leonards, NSW 2065, Australia.

E Corresponding author. Present address: School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus, Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga, Qld 4225, Australia. Email: christina.aggar@sydney.edu.au

Australian Journal of Primary Health 22(6) 559-564 https://doi.org/10.1071/PY15078
Submitted: 29 May 2015  Accepted: 16 February 2016   Published: 8 July 2016

Abstract

Practice managers are often involved in the employment of practice nurses and are likely to have a significant role in future transition programs in general practice. Therefore, the aim of the study was to explore practice managers’ expectations of new graduate registered nurses working in general practice. A nation-wide web-based electronic survey distributed by the Australian Association of Practice Management was used to collect demographic data and practice managers’ expectations of new graduate nurses directly transitioning into general practice in their first year of practice. The sample was broadly representative of the Australian state and territory population numbers. Respondents were predominantly female with postgraduate qualifications. The findings of this study highlight that practice managers who currently work with practice nurses would be supportive of graduate registered nurses in general practice in their first year with preceptor support. The results of this study have important implications for nursing workforce development and it is recommended that such initiatives are widely introduced with appropriate financial support.


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