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dc.contributor.advisorCarlyle, David
dc.contributor.advisorTripp, Henrietta
dc.contributor.authorOgden, Emma
dc.date.available2018-03-12T21:59:16Z
dc.date.copyright2018
dc.identifier.citationOgden, E. (2018). Is it ACE? The influence of the Advanced Choice of Employment scheme on new graduates’ decisions to accept a position in the Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice in Mental Health and Addiction programme. (Thesis, Master of Health Sciences). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7907en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/7907
dc.description.abstractThe nursing recruitment crisis has generated research into strategies to improve retention of newly qualified nurses. In New Zealand, all 20 DHB’s are committed to the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) and Nurse Entry to Specialised Practice in Mental health and Addiction (NESP) programmes to help acclimatise new graduates to the realities of clinical responsibilities. These have had a positive impact on retention rates. The Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) scheme was introduced in 2012 to ensure a fair process of recruitment. Using an instrumental case study approach this study explored the influence that the ACE process has on a new graduates’ decision to accept a place on NESP. The ‘case’ comprised one NESP programme in one DHB. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 participants who had accepted a position on NESP, but did not specify mental health and addiction on their ACE application form. A further interview was conducted with the NESP coordinator to ascertain the employer experience of ACE. Thematic analysis of the interviews revealed one over-arching theme; ‘ACE is omnipotent’, and three sub-themes; ‘The system’, ‘Nursing as a vocation’ and ‘Professional identity. The findings revealed that new graduates experience a form of marginalisation as they complete the ACE process. The pressure to secure a position can result in applicants accepting a position in NESP even if they have no interest in a career in mental health. The concept of nursing as a vocational occupation has the potential to ostracise these applicants, but the NESP programme can be successful at socialising new graduates into the mental health profession. ACE has considerable authority in the recruitment process and has created a socio-cultural lag. Education providers and DHBs can help to minimise the effect of this through preparing ACE applicants for the recruitment process.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectNew Zealand, new graduate nurses, Advanced Choice of Employment, ACE, Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice in Mental Health and Addiction Programme, NESP, mental health nursing, stigma and discrimination, career choice, marginalisation, vocation, socio-cultural lag
dc.titleIs it ACE? The influence of the Advanced Choice of Employment scheme on new graduates’ decisions to accept a position in the Nurse Entry to Specialist Practice in Mental Health and Addiction programme.
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2018-03-12T21:28:32Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychological Medicine
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Health Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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