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Are English novice nurses prepared to work in primary care setting?

Ali, Parveen Azam; Watson, Roger; Albutt, Gary


Parveen Azam Ali

Gary Albutt


This study explored the role of nurses in primary care and nurses' level of preparedness to work in the primary care sector in United Kingdom. The study was conducted in three primary care trusts (PCTs) in the north of England and participants were selected using a modified snowball sampling technique. Data were collected through telephone interviews. Fourteen nurses working at various levels in PCTs were interviewed. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Participants believed that nurses work in a variety of roles in primary care including care provider, autonomous practitioner, health educator and patient's advocate. With regard to preparedness to work in primary care, a mixed response was identified. Some nurses believed that the pre-registration nursing curriculum generally prepares nurses well for the role; others believed it did not prepare them at all. A common perception was that the pre-registration nursing curriculum is generally acute care focused and does not educate nurses about the structure of the primary care setting. Participants recommended more emphasis on primary care, longer placements in community and primary care, increased involvement of the nurses working in primary care in the pre-registration nursing curriculum and preceptorship and mentorship programmes for novice nurses in primary care.


Ali, P. A., Watson, R., & Albutt, G. (2011). Are English novice nurses prepared to work in primary care setting?. Nurse education in practice, 11(5), 304-308.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 2, 2011
Online Publication Date Feb 23, 2011
Publication Date 2011-09
Journal Nurse education in practice
Print ISSN 1471-5953
Electronic ISSN 1873-5223
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 5
Pages 304-308
Keywords General Nursing; Education; General Medicine
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PMID 21349767