Aim The aim of this qualitative study was to explore band 5 nurses’ perceptions and experiences of professional development in an acute care provider to identify what, if any, effect these have on their job satisfaction and intention to stay in post.
Method An adapted grounded theory approach was used. Theoretical sampling identified band 5 nurses in their first 24 months of employment in the trust. Data were collected through focus groups and analysed using the constant comparative method.
Results Findings suggest that the provision of, and support for, development opportunities affect nurses’ job satisfaction, and investment in these opportunities is likely to improve staff retention.
Conclusion It is important that resources and funding can be used flexibly so nurse leaders can ensure nursing staff are provided with the training and career progression they require. This will support them to achieve and retain essential competencies, and improve job satisfaction and staff retention.