Preceptors, interns, and newly registered pharmacists' perceptions of New Zealand pharmacy graduates' preparedness to practice

Kairuz, Therése, Noble, Christy, and Shaw, John (2010) Preceptors, interns, and newly registered pharmacists' perceptions of New Zealand pharmacy graduates' preparedness to practice. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 74 (6). 108. pp. 1-6.

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Objective: To determine the perceptions of pharmacy interns and newly registered pharmacists and preceptors regarding the preparedness of graduates to enter professional practice.

Methods: A questionnaire was developed from the New Zealand Competence Standards for the Pharmacy Profession (pharmacist level), with additional questions on communication skills included. The instrument contained 16 items and was mailed to preceptors (n5141), interns (n572), and newlyregistered pharmacists (n5101). Microsoft Excel (pivot tables) was used to analyse the quantitative responses. The final question asked respondents to provide free-text comments about the questionnaire, graduates and the program and responses were analyzed quantitatively and thematically.

Results: The response rates were 54.6% (n 5 77) for preceptors, 100% (n 5 72) for interns and 45.5% (n 5 46), for newly registered pharmacists. The majority of responses (87.6%; n52,562) were in agreement that the degree had prepared graduates for practice. Overall, preceptor perceptions of graduates' preparedness for practice were less favorable than graduates' self-perceptions of their preparedness. Four themes were identified from the free-text comments: the need for improved skills, more professional attitudes, better English communication, and additional training in extemporaneous compounding.

Conclusion: Feedback elicited from graduates and preceptors was helpful in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a new bachelor of pharmacy (BPharm) program and proved useful in both the accreditation and curriculum revision processes.

Item ID: 35026
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1553-6467
Keywords: competence, accreditation, BPharm degree, preceptor, pharmacy practice
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 04:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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