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Aspects of WIL that improve student nurses' attitudes towards working in aged care


Lea, EJ and Mason, RL and Eccleston, C and Robinson, AL, Aspects of WIL that improve student nurses' attitudes towards working in aged care, Australian Collaborative Education Network 2016 Conference, 28-30 September 2016, Sydney (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Recruitment and retention of staff is problematic in the residential aged care sector. Poor WIL experiences for student nurses contribute to reluctance to work in aged care. Yet, prior to this study, there had been no quantitative exploration of which aged care placement attributes link to students' perceived likelihood of working in the sector post-graduation: a gap in the literature addressed by this study. A supported, evidence-based residential aged care placement program was developed for nursing students within an action research framework (Lea, Mason, Eccleston, & Robinson, 2016). Staff, predominantly nurses and care workers, formed a mentor group in two Tasmanian residential aged care facilities. During the three- or four-week placements, weekly feedback meetings were held for students (n=71) and their mentors. Students completed questionnaires on their placement experiences. Associations were identified between the likelihood of working in residential aged care post-graduation and nurse mentor–student feedback exchange, Teaching and Learning Score and supportiveness of care workers. These findings suggest that to increase interest in residential aged care work following graduation, the teaching and learning environment needs improvement, opportunities should be proffered for mentor–student feedback exchange, and care workers supported so they can mentor effectively.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Clinical placements, aged care, student nurse
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Aged care nursing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Lea, EJ (Dr Emma Lea)
UTAS Author:Mason, RL (Mr Ron Mason)
UTAS Author:Eccleston, C (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)
ID Code:126684
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2018-06-20
Last Modified:2018-06-25
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