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Nursing students' perceptions of a collaborative clinical placement model: a qualitative descriptive study


van der Riet, P and Levett-Jones, T and Courtney-Pratt, H, Nursing students' perceptions of a collaborative clinical placement model: a qualitative descriptive study, Nurse education in practice, 30 pp. 42-47. ISSN 1471-5953 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2018.02.007


Clinical placements are specifically designed to facilitate authentic learning opportunities and are an integral component of undergraduate nursing programs. However, as academics and clinicians frequently point out, clinical placements are fraught with problems that are long-standing and multidimensional in nature. Collaborative placement models, grounded in a tripartite relationship between students, university staff and clinical partners, and designed to foster students' sense of belonging, have recently been implemented to address many of the challenges associated with clinical placements.

In this study a qualitative descriptive design was undertaken with the aim of exploring 14 third year third year nursing students' perceptions of a collaborative clinical placement model undertaken in an Australian university. Students participated in audio recorded focus groups following their final clinical placement. Thematic analysis of the interview data resulted in identification of six main themes: Convenience and Camaraderie, Familiarity and Confidence, Welcomed and Wanted, Belongingness and Support, Employment, and The Need for Broader Clinical Experiences. The clinical collaborative model fostered a sense of familiarity for many of the participants and this led to belongingness, acceptance, confidence and meaningful learning experiences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nursing students, clinical placements, collaborative model, belongingness
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Courtney-Pratt, H (Dr Helen Courtney-Pratt)
ID Code:124741
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2018-03-06
Last Modified:2019-04-01

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