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Survey: is workplace-based learning meeting the needs of the 21st century neonatal nurse in Australia?


Bromley, P and Govindaswamy, P and Walsh, A and Michaels, A and Parsons, J, Survey: is workplace-based learning meeting the needs of the 21st century neonatal nurse in Australia?, The Journal of Neonatal Nursing ISSN 1355-1841 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2021.03.008



The aim of this research was to identify the challenges of workplace-based education for neonatal nurses in clinical practice.


Electronic survey of neonatal nurses across Australia.


One-quarter of the neonatal nursing workforce will retire in the next decade. Only one-third of participants are enrolled in further studies. Part-time and casualisation, busy workplaces, carer responsibilities, financial costs and limited organisational support are barriers to education, both in the workplace and through external studies.


The small population sample is a prominent limitation to this study. However, the findings reflect other studies exploring workplace-based learning, suggesting the conclusions drawn may be transferable to other contexts.


Conceivably, the next decade will see 27% of the neonatal nursing workforce retiring. There is a need to recruit and educate the future workforce. Current strategies for workplace-based education may not be meeting the learning needs of neonatal nursing staff. More novel approaches to workplace-based education may be required for the 21st century neonatal nurse.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nursing education, neonatal, workplace-based education, workplace-based learning
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Bromley, P (Ms Patricia Bromley)
ID Code:143933
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-04-12
Last Modified:2021-05-27

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