First nurse completes Colten Care accredited preceptorship


Colten Care has put its first nurse through a new preceptorship accredited by the Royal College of Nursing.

Tatjana Dare-Karge completed the three to six-month support programme designed for newly qualified nurses, those returning to work or those new to the UK.

Tatjana, who works at Colten Care’s outstanding rated New Milton care home in Hampshire, said she would recommend the programme to any new nurse.

“I remember finishing my nursing apprenticeship in Germany many years ago and being thrown straight in,” she said. “Your first experience as a nurse can be hard and ideally you want to have as much support around you as possible.  The same goes for coming to the UK. It can be challenging and even overwhelming to start work in a new country with a different language and system of care.”

During her preceptorship, Tatjana was supervised in a structured programme by Senior Nurse Jeanette Hendon and Care Co-ordinator Kim Gritt with her practice assessed by the home’s Clinical Lead Zoe Mills.

Group-wide Nurse Learning and Development Manager, Sally Smith, was given the remit of getting the preceptorship up and running after joining Colten Care in 2017.

Sally said: “A quality preceptorship is all about instilling the confidence, values and behaviours to provide effective resident-centred care. It has been a steep learning curve for us to devise and implement a programme that is sufficiently robust for RCN endorsement. We were absolutely thrilled to have it accredited and it is so exciting to see Tatjana become our first graduate. We look forward to seeing more of our students and returning nurses take up a preceptorship across our family of homes for the direct benefit of our residents and their families.”

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