Projects - Education-Career Pathway

The Education-Career Pathway in Older Adult Nursing (ECHO) collaboration with Kings College London

Nurse turnover in older adult services, especially among early career-nurses is disproportionally high. Contributing factors include a lack of distinct education and career pathway in the field and a poor recognition of gerontological nursing as speciality. We designed and tested the acceptability of regional education-career pathway (multicomponent intervention to improve early career nurse retention and gerontological knowledge and capabilities.

Intervention: The intervention included an academic gerontological module (level 7), competency appraisal using a structured PAD; additional clinical learning opportunities (5 days outside of normal clinical area); career-planning workshop and activity booklet; and career coaching with a senior nurse.

Results: Twenty-nine participants were recruited from 7 Trusts and 23 completed the end of intervention survey (75% response rate). The most significant change was in self-reported knowledge and clinical confidence (Median score 87 (IQR 81-102) vs 107 (98-112), p= p=0.006 and professional networking. Other measures showed no significant change: intention to stay (remained consistently high), Malsach Burnout Inventory, career planning confidence.

Conclusion: A regional approach to developing an early career gerontological education-career pathway shows promise, all elements of the intervention were well received especially the clinical education components, while the career pathway requires further refinement and testing

The Team; Professor Corina Naughton, Nicky Hayes, Dr Joanne Fitzpatrick, Dr Ivanka Ezhova

School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Brookfield Health Sciences Complex College Road Cork, Ireland , T12 AK54

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