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Title: FACTORS INFLUENCING ROLE TRANSITION FROM SENIOR STAFF NURSE TO ASSISTANT NURSE CLINICIAN: A DESCRIPTIVE QUALITATIVE STUDY
Authors: ONG YU TING
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: ONG YU TING (2019-05-25). FACTORS INFLUENCING ROLE TRANSITION FROM SENIOR STAFF NURSE TO ASSISTANT NURSE CLINICIAN: A DESCRIPTIVE QUALITATIVE STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: The implementation of Assistant Nurse Clinician (ANC) role is an initiative by the National Nursing Taskforce (NNT) and Ministry of Health (MOH) to promote professional development for nurses in Singapore, where healthcare demand is set to rise with the ageing population. The ANC role is a significant expansion from an SSN role, where their tasks extend beyond clinical to management. Given the novelty of this intermediary role, little is known about the factors influencing the transition from SSN to ANC. Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the factors influencing the role transition from SSN to ANC Methods: Purposive sampling was used to recruit 7 newly appointed ANCs from a tertiary institution in Singapore. Semi-structured, face-to-face interviews were conducted until data saturation was achieved. Schlossberg’s Transition Theory and Bauer and Erdogan model of Organisational Socialisation was combined and used to guide data collection. Findings: Five main themes emerged from the data analysis, on the factors influencing role transition from SSN to ANC. These themes include: (1) professional accountability and commitment, (2) internalisation of role change, (3) staff support, (4) role stressors, (5) staff training and development. Implications: Organisations need to improve on their manpower and workload allocation to provide better support for ANC during their transition. The job scope of ANC needs to be redefined to ensure role clarity and role expectations need to be conveyed to ANCs prior to assuming the role. Organisations should also look into ways to improve and promote the culture of mentorship within the organisation. Conclusion: The findings suggest that both upcoming ANCs and organisations have a role to play in facilitating a successful role transition from SSN to ANC. More support from the organisation is needed to empower and help them cope with challenges of the ANC role.
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