Julie Considine, Tony Walker
International Paramedic Practice, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 07 Apr 2016, pp 19 - 28

The 2011/12 interprofessional graduate programme (IPG) was Australia's first
programme for graduates of double degrees in nursing and paramedicine.
Aims: The aim of this study was to examine the employment outcomes and
participant experience of the first cohort of 10 IPG participants.
Methods: Data were collected by repeated surveys (6 months prior to, 6 months
and 18 months following IPG completion) and interviews.
Results: There were 10 IPG participants, nine completed all surveys and nine agreed
to be interviewed. Two were males and the average age was 23.7 years (SD=1.3). At
IPG completion, all participants were employed by Ambulance Victoria: five participants
were working casual shifts in emergency nursing. Themes related to career choice were
that casual employment was easier in nursing and paramedicine had higher levels
of freedom and more regular shift patterns. Mean scores for involvement decreased
(p<0.018) and manager control increased (p<0.018). The four themes related to
participant experience were: i) best of emergency health care; ii) knowledge and
experience; iii) understanding and respect; and iv) chopping and changing.
Conclusions: Participants' experience of IPG were mostly positive. Traditional
professional and industrial structures still prevent double degree graduates using
their skills and knowledge to their full capability

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