The perceived concerns of newly qualified paramedics commencing their careers: a pilot study

Objective:To identify the perceived concerns of newly qualified paramedics commencing their careers and how they may be subsequently supported both in university and practice.Methods:A pilot study using a focus group approach to collect qualitative data from a selection of newly qualified paramedics regarding their perceived concerns when first becoming clinical lead. Transcripts were analysed and themes generated.Results:Four paramedics attended the session. Themes emerged around confidence, defensive practice and theory to practice application. Confidence appeared to be a key topic and linked into all the other themes.Conclusions:Newly qualified paramedics have the clinical knowledge and application but lack confidence in their own abilities due to lack of exposure and experience. They rely on support given to them by colleagues, peers and preceptors in the early stage of their careers.

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