Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH) has introduced a new programme to provide more support for newly qualified nurses.
The programme, known as preceptorship, is a requirement of the nursing and midwifery council (NMC) and lasts at least 18 weeks. It provides a period of practical training under the direction or supervision of a more experienced colleague.
The benefits of the Trust‘s preceptorship programme are that it aims to reduce the stress for newly qualified nurses and helps them adapt to their new role and work environment. It also ensures the Trust continues to maintain the highest possible standard of care for people who use services.
Alan Higginson, head of professional and practice development at SFH, said: “We are committed to providing the best care by the best people for our patients.
“The transition from student nurse to qualified nurse can often be a stressful and intense time. The Trust’s four preceptorship support nurses offer more support at ward and department level to ease newly qualified staff into their new role, help them develop confidence and expand their skills”.