Journeying through clinical placements - An examination of six student cases

Newton, Jennifer M., Billett, Stephen and Ockerby, Cherene M. 2009, Journeying through clinical placements - An examination of six student cases, Nurse Education Today, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 630-634, doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.01.009.

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Title Journeying through clinical placements - An examination of six student cases
Author(s) Newton, Jennifer M.
Billett, Stephen
Ockerby, Cherene M.
Journal name Nurse Education Today
Volume number 29
Issue number 6
Start page 630
End page 634
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 0260-6917
Keyword(s) Workplace learning
Inter-generational issues
Clinical placement model
Summary Introduction: How student nurses are permitted to participate in healthcare settings during placements is central to their skill development, formation of occupational identity and retention in nursing. Novices' participation and learning was mapped through their clinical experiences from student to graduate, as part of a multi-method longitudinal study examining nurses' workplace learning. Methods: Twenty-nine second and third year nursing students participated in a series of interviews over a two year period. Six students, representing a cross-section of a student cohort form the basis of this case study. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically coded. Results: Four themes encapsulating the participants' journeys through clinical situations were identified; (a) creating learning opportunities, (b) gaining independence, (c) becoming part of the team and (d) generational differences. The themes reflect the development of novice nurses and the nuances of the workplace as a learning environment. Discussion: The cases highlight the importance of supportive placements that comprise openness with opportunities, tolerance of inter-generational differences and invitations to become part of the nursing team. The challenge for nurse educators is how to best prepare students for the complexities of the social, cultural and political arena of clinical practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.01.009
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Field of Research 1110 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier Ltd.
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