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Exploring new-graduate physiotherapists' preparedness for, and experiences working within, Australian acute hospital settings


Phan, A and Tan, S and Martin, R and Mandrusiak, A and Forbes, R, Exploring new-graduate physiotherapists' preparedness for, and experiences working within, Australian acute hospital settings, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice ISSN 0959-3985 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09593985.2022.2059424


Background: New-graduate physiotherapists experience a steep learning curve when transitioning from student to clinician. The acute hospital setting is known to present unique challenges for health clinicians, however, the preparedness of new-graduate physiotherapists for working within this setting remains unclear.

Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate new-graduate physiotherapists’ experiences of working in acute hospital settings and their perceptions toward how their pre-professional training prepared them for this setting.

Methods: A qualitative study with a general inductive approach was used. Semi-structured interviews with new-graduate physiotherapists working in acute hospital settings were undertaken (n = 14). Interview data were subject to thematic analysis.

Results: Four themes were generated from the data: 1) multifactorial and high-pressure nature; 2) managing relationships; 3) realizing responsibility; and 4) constructing realistic experiences.

Conclusion: The acute hospital setting presents unique obstacles and additional challenges when transitioning from student to clinician. New-graduates value the role of pre-professional training in their preparation for this context, however, new-graduates reflected on being sheltered from some areas of practice as students. Recommendations are suggested for education providers to adapt pre-professional training, and for employers to implement workplace strategies, which may support new-graduate physiotherapists in the acute hospital setting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acute hospital, new-graduate, preparedness, preprofessional training, physiotherapy, discharge planning, new-graduate practice, hospital, qualitative, interviews
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Physiotherapy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Martin, R (Ms Romany Martin)
ID Code:149851
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-04-19
Last Modified:2022-05-24

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