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Student perceptions of adverse health events during ambulance clinical placements

Sheen, Jade, Boyd, Leanne, Eastwood, Kathryn, Archer, Frank and Leaf, Sinead 2012, Student perceptions of adverse health events during ambulance clinical placements, Education, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 6-10, doi: 10.5923/j.edu.20120202.02.

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Title Student perceptions of adverse health events during ambulance clinical placements
Author(s) Sheen, JadeORCID iD for Sheen, Jade orcid.org/0000-0001-8327-5314
Boyd, Leanne
Eastwood, Kathryn
Archer, Frank
Leaf, Sinead
Journal name Education
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 6
End page 10
Total pages 5
Publisher Scientific & Academic Publishing Co.
Place of publication Rosemead, Calif.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2162-9463
2162-8467
Keyword(s) occupational health and safety
clinical placements
Summary This pilot study intended to augment current literature in the clinical placement field by investigating the frequency and nature of adverse health events experiences by paramedic students undertaking ambulance clinical placements. Supports accessed post event were also reviewed. A purposive sample of fifty-six paramedic students completed the questionnaire. The results indicate that a number of students experience adverse health events while on clinical placement, with fourteen cases of verbal abuse, one case of physical abuse, nine cases of sexualised behavior and seven cases of psychological distress reported. While some case related incidents were flagged by ambulance services and followed up by peer support, students did not initiate any formal support processes themselves. Moreover, no student filed a formal report regarding any of the incidents raised. The results of this pilot study require further investigation. In the interim, the benefits of clinical placements must be weighed against their risks, and processes put in place to minimize the risk to students undertaking clinical placements.
Language eng
DOI 10.5923/j.edu.20120202.02
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Scientific & Academic Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052787

Document type: Journal Article
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