Exploring the factors that affect new graduates’ transition from students to health professionals: a systematic integrative review protocol

Eric Nkansah Opoku*, Lana van Niekerk, Leeann Jacobs-Nzuzi Khuabi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Introduction:
To become a competent health professional,
the nature of new graduates’ transition plays a
fundamental role. The systematic integrative review will
aim to identify the existing literature pertaining to the
barriers during transition, the facilitators and the evidence-
based coping strategies that assist new graduate health
professionals to successfully transition from students to
health professionals.

Methods and analysis: The integrative review will be
conducted using Whittemore and Kna’s integrative review
methodology. Boolean search terms have been developed
in consultation with an experienced librarian, using
Medical Subject Heading terms on Medline. The following
electronic databases have been chosen to ensure that all
relevant literature are captured for this review: PubMed,
EBSCOhost (including Cumulative Index of Nursing and
Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Medline, Academic
Search Premier, Health Science: Nursing and Academic
Edition), Scopus and Web of Science. A follow- up on the
reference list of selected articles will be done to ensure
that all relevant literature is included. The Covidence
platform will be used to facilitate the process.

Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval is not
required for this integrative review since the existing
literature will be synthesised. The integrative review will
be published in a peer- reviewed journal once all the steps
have been completed. The ndings will also be presented
at international and national conferences to ensure
maximum dissemination.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Open
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • clinical practice
  • new graduate
  • professional competence
  • student
  • transition
  • Students
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Systematic Reviews as Topic
  • Adaptation, Psychological

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