Exploring the factors that affect new graduates’ transition from students to health professionals : a systematic integrative review protocol
CITATION: Opoku, E. N., Van Niekerk, L. & Jacobs-Nzuzi Khuabi, L. A. 2020. Exploring the factors that affect new graduates’ transition from students to health professionals : a systematic integrative review protocol. BMJ Open, 10(8):e033734, doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033734.
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Publication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund
Introduction: To become a competent health professional, the nature of new graduates’ transition plays a fundamental role. The systematic integrative review will aim to identify the existing literature pertaining to the barriers during transition, the facilitators and the evidence-based coping strategies that assist new graduate health professionals to successfully transition from students to health professionals. Methods and analysis: The integrative review will be conducted using Whittemore and Knafl’s integrative review methodology. Boolean search terms have been developed in consultation with an experienced librarian, using Medical Subject Heading terms on Medline. The following electronic databases have been chosen to ensure that all relevant literature are captured for this review: PubMed, EBSCOhost (including Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Medline, Academic Search Premier, Health Science: Nursing and Academic Edition), Scopus and Web of Science. A follow-up on the reference list of selected articles will be done to ensure that all relevant literature is included. The Covidence platform will be used to facilitate the process. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval is not required for this integrative review since the existing literature will be synthesised. The integrative review will be published in a peer-reviewed journal once all the steps have been completed. The findings will also be presented at international and national conferences to ensure maximum dissemination.