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Preparing paramedic preceptors for supervising clinical placements in residential aged care facilities


Lucas, P and Parker, L and Edwards, D, Preparing paramedic preceptors for supervising clinical placements in residential aged care facilities, Paramedics Australasia International Conference, 17-19 November 2016, Auckland, New Zealand (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Introduction: Research has identified a gap in the evidence about paramedic preceptors and the role they play in supervising student placements (1). This paper discusses the experience of preceptors supervising undergraduate paramedic student clinical placements in residential aged care facilities (RACF) in Tasmania and NSW. These placements have previously been identified as providing a range of learning opportunities for students, (2) however, there is a gap in the academic literature regarding the preparation of preceptors to supervise these placements.

Method: The research adopted qualitative methods involving semi-structured in-depth interviews with preceptors at the completion of the placement program. Data analysis involved preliminary independent coding by members of the research team who then convened to compare results and reach concordance on key themes. These themes were then structured into a narrative description of the preceptorsí views on the placement experience.

Results: The preceptors identified a range of factors that enabled them to work effectively in the role, as well as areas where their preparation could be improved. These factors included the documentation provided prior to the placements, the amount of lead in time preceptors had to prepare prior to the placements and understanding what was expected of them in their role and what were the anticipated learning outcomes for students during the placement experience.

Conclusions: Structured clinical placements in RACFs play an important role in developing studentsí knowledge and understanding of the elderly and RACFs. Appropriate preparation of preceptors is critical in order to maximise studentsí learning opportunities.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Aged Care, Preceptor, Clinical Placement
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Lucas, P (Dr Peter Lucas)
UTAS Author:Parker, L (Ms Leigh Parker)
UTAS Author:Edwards, D (Dr Dale Edwards)
ID Code:112653
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Paramedicine
Deposited On:2016-11-22
Last Modified:2018-09-13
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