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An exploration of workplace mentoring preferences of new‐graduate physiotherapists within Australian practice

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Forbes, R and Lao, A and Wilesmith, S and Martin, R, An exploration of workplace mentoring preferences of new‐graduate physiotherapists within Australian practice, Physiotherapy Research International, 26, (1) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1471-2865 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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© 2020 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/pri.1872

Abstract

Background and Purpose: The transition from student to physiotherapist involves a steep learning curve typically characterised by stress, anxiety and a lack of confidence in clinical and professional skills. Workplace mentoring is widely used to mediate this transition. The aim of this study was to explore new-graduate physiotherapists' preferences for workplace mentoring and perceived characteristics of effective mentoring to mediate workplace transition.

Methods: A qualitative study with a general inductive thematic approach was used. Semi-structured interviews of 15 employed new-graduate physiotherapists were undertaken within their first 3–6 months of clinical practice.

Results: Four themes emerged that were associated with effective mentoring from the new-graduates’ perspective: (1) accessibility of mentoring and support, (2) the ideal mentor, (3) individualised to the mentee and (4) desire for self-determination.

Discussion and Conclusion: This study is the first to explore new-graduate physiotherapists' preferences for workplace mentoring in their transition into the workplace and clinical practice. It has identified important characteristics of physiotherapists and other clinicians who support the transition of new-graduate physiotherapists into the practice setting. Enhancing workplaces through support for the development of these characteristics can contribute to the effective integration of the newest members of the profession and may enhance their development and retention in practice.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mentoring, new graduates, preparedness, qualitative, support
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Physiotherapy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Martin, R (Ms Romany Martin)
ID Code:148234
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2021-12-13
Last Modified:2022-01-18
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