Lea, EJ and Andrews, S and Stronach, M and Marlow, A and Robinson, A, Using action research to build mentor capacity to improve orientation and quality of nursing student aged care placements: what to do when the phone rings, Journal of Clinical Nursing Article Epub ahead of print. ISSN 0962-1067 (2016) [Refereed Article]
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe if an action research approach can be used to build capacity of residential aged care facility staff to support undergraduate nursing students' clinical placements in residential aged care facilities, using development of an orientation program as an exemplar.
BACKGROUND: Aged care facilities are unpopular sites for nursing student clinical placements. A contributing factor is the limited capacity of staff to provide students with a positive placement experience. Strategies to build mentor capability to shape student placements and support learning and teaching are critical if nursing students are to have positive placements that attract them to aged care after graduation; an imperative given the increasing care needs of the ageing population world-wide.
DESIGN: Action research approach employing mixed methods data collection (primarily qualitative with a quantitative component).
METHODS: Aged care facility staff (n = 32) formed a mentor group at each of two Tasmanian facilities and met regularly to support undergraduate nursing students (n = 40) during placements. Group members planned, enacted, reviewed and reflected on orientation procedures to welcome students, familiarise them with the facility and prepare them for their placement. Data comprised transcripts from these and parallel student meetings, and orientation data from student questionnaires from two successive placement periods (2011/2012).
RESULTS: Problems were identified in the orientation processes for the initial student placements. Mentors implemented a revised orientation program. Evaluation demonstrated improved program outcomes for students regarding knowledge of facility operations, their responsibilities and emergency procedures.
CONCLUSION: Action research provides an effective approach to engage aged care facility staff to build their capacity to support clinical placements.
RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Building capacity in the aged care workforce is vital to provide appropriate care for residents with increasing care needs.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||action research; clinical placements; mentor capacity; nurses; orientation; residential aged care; students|
|Research Group:||Curriculum and Pedagogy|
|Research Field:||Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences|
|Author:||Lea, EJ (Dr Emma Lea)|
|Author:||Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)|
|Author:||Stronach, M (Dr Megan Stronach)|
|Author:||Marlow, A (Ms Annette Marlow)|
|Author:||Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)|
|Deposited By:||Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre|
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