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WIL paused : The nursing students experiences of Covid 19


Hughes, L and Fronmmolt, V and Byrne, J and Sidwell, D and Needham, J, WIL paused : The nursing students experiences of Covid 19, Work Integrated Learning in Practice pp. 1-20. ISSN 2653-4274 (2022) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted undergraduate student nursesí educational experience both in Australia and internationally. Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) was particularly impacted in nursing with significant variations throughout the world of how WIL was managed by health care and education providers. This created an environment that impacted some studentsí progression through their nursing education and potentially impacts the future workforce. The purpose of the study was to identify why students deferred or withdrew from WIL during the COVID-19 pandemic, identify support mechanisms accessed and what influenced their decision to withdraw.

Method: Statistical data from a survey conducted during 2020 was analysed with SPSS. Free text and interview data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: The results indicate that students withdrew from WIL experiences due to: personal/family health, family responsibility and work/finances. The majority of students accessed supports, however some students were not aware of supports available. Themes of the qualitative data were: supports; uncertainty; external influences; and possible solutions.

Discussion: The participants identified that the university offered many supports and often the decision was personal. Possible solutions were having an allocated counsellor, enabling easier access to online classes and a less restrictive process for granting assessment extensions.

Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for vital WIL opportunities. The university responded to this and adapted policy and approaches to support students, however for some students this was inadequate. It is important to consider student experiences to ensure the future workforce is not disrupted during this time of need.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:COVID-19, pandemic, Work-integrated Learning, clinical placement, student experiences
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Teacher and student wellbeing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Schools and learning environments not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sidwell, D (Mr Danny Sidwell)
ID Code:151305
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-07-27
Last Modified:2022-09-01

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