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Co-production of an intervention to increase retention of early career nurses: Acceptability and feasibility

Brook, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8867-0150, Aitken, L. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-5722-9090, MacLaren, J. & Salmon, D. ORCID: 0000-0003-2562-2116 (2020). Co-production of an intervention to increase retention of early career nurses: Acceptability and feasibility. Nurse Education in Practice, 47, 102861. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2020.102861


Co-production is a process employed to solve complex issues, recognising the expertise of all stakeholders. This paper reports on co-production undertaken by nursing students, early career nurses and researchers as part of a larger study to design an intervention to increase retention of early career nurses. Mixed methods were used to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the co-production process in a UK university.

Data were collected prospectively, concurrently and retrospectively via interview and questionnaire, between April 2018 and January 2019.

Twelve co-production group members completed the questionnaire and six group members and facilitators were interviewed. Students and early career nurses reported personal benefit from participating; they developed and practised transferrable communication and problem-solving skills, believed they were able to make a difference, enjoyed contributing, found benefit from using the group as a reflective space and considered that co-production produced a credible intervention.

Findings indicated co-production equipped participants to function more effectively in their nursing roles; incorporating co-production into the development of future interventions may prove beneficial. The relative novelty of this approach, and the potential application of the findings to a diverse range of geographical and organisational settings, add to the utility of the findings.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Early career nurses, Student nurses, Workforce retention, Co-production
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
Text - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

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