Transition to Practice Program: A New Direction for Recruiting and Retaining Enrolled Nurses in Mental Health

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Abstract

One health service in one Australian jurisdiction introduced a specialist mental health transition to practice program for newly qualified enrolled nurses. A process evaluation with the first cohort (n = 7) was undertaken in 2014. The program increased enrolled nurse confidence in mental health nursing and appears to be a viable solution to address the mental health nursing workforce shortage. Further research to evaluate components that effectively increase confidence and long-term retention is recommended.

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