Transition support for new graduate paramedics
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Subjectaction research; emergency medical services; EMS leadership; graduate support; health care management; paramedic
This action research study explored the supports required to facilitate the successful transition for new graduate paramedics integrating into their role and to provide recommendations to AHS Emergency Medical Services managers to implement a positive change outcome. AHS paramedics who graduated in the last three years participated in a focus group and online survey. The study findings revealed that the transition experience was challenging and caused stress and anxiety for new graduates. Having a support system in place could increase job satisfaction, retention, organizational commitment, and enhance employee skill development. The study concluded that implementing a mentorship program with support of AHS leadership would prove invaluable. The recommendations reflect the importance of providing a healthy and supportive work environment and working collaboratively with key stakeholders to develop and implement support for new graduate paramedics in AHS. This study adhered to all ethical requirements.
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