For most graduate, the instant transition from nursing school to hospital as Trainee Nurse Interns (TNI) is an exciting and yet a stressful event in their life. They are suddenly taken away from the protecting and nurturing umbrella of the school and burdened by increased clinical responsibilities where their actions could have severe consequences. On top of that it is expected that they are well-equipped with knowledge, critical thinking and dexterity to succeed in their work. This sudden change, sometimes creates source of low confidence and pressure for the TNIs, thus a skill refresher is needed to mitigate the anxiety and alleviate some pressure.
The School of Nursing and Midwifery in collaboration with CIME organised a Boot Camp to provide skills refresher to graduating nursing students. As a first time offering it aimed at providing intensive training to graduating students, to help improve and polish their clinical skills before they make transition to their new roles as TNI.
With a total of 119 students participating and COVID SOPs, effective management and scheduling was required, where the students went through 10 essential skills stations for simulation-based practice. Pre-camp educational materials were provided to learners to increase their understanding of each station. The camp concluded with a grand-debriefing with participants' feedback where students expressed a high level of engagement throughout the camp and felt that the individual skills station, as well as the programme as a whole, was a valuable experience.