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Nursing students' experiences of clinical placement in community settings: a qualitative study

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Abstract


  • Background

    Changing community demographics and the rising incidence of chronic and complex conditions has exacerbated the primary care workload. Encouraging beginning nurses to view primary care nursing as a viable career option will help alleviate the workforce stress of this specialty. Whilst higher education institutions (HEI's) have increased the exposure of pre-registration nurses to community settings, there has been limited exploration of this experience from the perspective of pre-registration nurses. As potential key service providers, it is important to identify factors which influence how pre-registration nurses view primary care placements in the community.

    Aim

    This study seeks to explore the experiences of pre-registration nursing students following community based clinical placements and to explore the impact of this placement on their learning.

    Design

    A qualitative design was employed in this study.

    Participants

    Nine pre-registration nursing students were recruited from a research intensive single campus of an Australian university.

    Methods

    In-depth semi-structured interviews.

    Findings

    Findings are presented in the following four themes: (1) autonomy in practice: “you make your own decisions”, (2) working with highly skilled nurses: “their knowledge was just incredible”, (3) focusing on holistic care: “they’d obviously built rapport with these people”, and (4) showing genuine interest in educating students: “they got me involved”.

    Conclusion

    Exposure to community settings was a positive learning experience for pre-registration nursing students. Further research needs to focus on the impact of these placements on both clinical skills acquisition and job choices into the future.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Peters, K., McInnes, S. & Halcomb, E. (2015). Nursing students' experiences of clinical placement in community settings: a qualitative study. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 22 (2), 175-181.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930475606

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3814&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2793

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6
  • 6

Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 181

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands

Abstract


  • Background

    Changing community demographics and the rising incidence of chronic and complex conditions has exacerbated the primary care workload. Encouraging beginning nurses to view primary care nursing as a viable career option will help alleviate the workforce stress of this specialty. Whilst higher education institutions (HEI's) have increased the exposure of pre-registration nurses to community settings, there has been limited exploration of this experience from the perspective of pre-registration nurses. As potential key service providers, it is important to identify factors which influence how pre-registration nurses view primary care placements in the community.

    Aim

    This study seeks to explore the experiences of pre-registration nursing students following community based clinical placements and to explore the impact of this placement on their learning.

    Design

    A qualitative design was employed in this study.

    Participants

    Nine pre-registration nursing students were recruited from a research intensive single campus of an Australian university.

    Methods

    In-depth semi-structured interviews.

    Findings

    Findings are presented in the following four themes: (1) autonomy in practice: “you make your own decisions”, (2) working with highly skilled nurses: “their knowledge was just incredible”, (3) focusing on holistic care: “they’d obviously built rapport with these people”, and (4) showing genuine interest in educating students: “they got me involved”.

    Conclusion

    Exposure to community settings was a positive learning experience for pre-registration nursing students. Further research needs to focus on the impact of these placements on both clinical skills acquisition and job choices into the future.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Peters, K., McInnes, S. & Halcomb, E. (2015). Nursing students' experiences of clinical placement in community settings: a qualitative study. Collegian: The Australian Journal of Nursing Practice, Scholarship and Research, 22 (2), 175-181.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84930475606

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3814&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2793

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6
  • 6

Start Page


  • 175

End Page


  • 181

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Netherlands