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The evaluation of a successful collaborative education model to expand student clinical placements


Barnett, AP and Cross, M and Shahwan-Akl, L and Jacob, B, The evaluation of a successful collaborative education model to expand student clinical placements, Nurse Education in Practice, 10, (1) pp. 17-21. ISSN 1471-5953 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2009.01.018


Worldwide, universities have been encouraged to increase the number of students enrolled in nursing courses as a way to bolster the domestic supply of graduates and address workforce shortages. This places pressure on clinical agencies to accommodate greater numbers of students for clinical experience who, in Australia, may often come from different educational institutions. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a collaborative model of clinical education that would increase the capacity of a health care agency to accommodate student placements and improve workplace readiness. The project was undertaken in a medium sized regional hospital in rural Australia where most nurses worked part time. Through an iterative process, a new supported preceptorship model was developed by academics from three institutions and staff from the hospital. Focus group discussions and interviews were conducted with key stakeholders and clinical placement data analysed for the years 2004 (baseline) to 2007. The model was associated with a 58% increase in the number of students and a 45% increase in the number of student placement weeks over the four year period. Students reported positively on their experience and key stakeholders believed that the new model would better prepare students for the realities of nursing work. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical education; collaboration; preceptorship, student nurses
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Barnett, AP (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Cross, M (Dr Merylin Cross)
ID Code:67129
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-02-25
Last Modified:2015-12-02

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