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

Kairuz, Therese, 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: 1-6.

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Author Kairuz, Therese
Noble, Christy
Shaw, John
Title Preceptors, interns, and newly registered pharmacists' perceptions of New Zealand pharmacy graduates' preparedness to practice
Journal name American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9459
1553-6467
Publication date 2010-08-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 74
Issue 6
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Place of publication Columbia, SC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
111503 Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
Abstract 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.
Keyword Competence
Accreditation
BPharm degree
Preceptor
Pharmacy practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number: 108

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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