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Expanding the clinical placement capacity of rural hospitals in Australia: Displacing Peta to place Paul?


Barnett, T and Walker, LE and Jacob, E and Missen, K and Cross, MD and Shahwan-Akl, L, Expanding the clinical placement capacity of rural hospitals in Australia: Displacing Peta to place Paul?, Nurse Education Today, 32, (5) pp. 485-489. ISSN 0260-6917 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2011.08.013


Summary In order to identify opportunities to build capacity for clinical placements, we mapped and described the organisation of student placements at three hospitals, each with multiple education providers, in rural Victoria, Australia. Using a cross-sectional, mixed method design, data were collected by survey, interviews and discussion with student placement coordinators representing 16 clinical health disciplines. Teaching and supporting students was regarded as an important part of the service each hospital provided and a useful staff recruitment strategy. There were peaks and troughs in student load over the year, though this was less marked for medicine and dentistry than for nursing and allied health disciplines. Whilst placements were managed largely on a discipline basis, each hospital had taken steps to communicate information about student placements across disciplines and to identify opportunities for interprofessional education (IPE). Placement capacity could be increased by sharing placement data within hospitals, smoothing the utilisation patterns across the year, capitalising on opportunities for IPE when there is concurrent placement of students from different disciplines, and through better employment of underutilised clinical areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinical education, interprofessional learning, students
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Clinical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Cross, MD (Dr Merylin Cross)
ID Code:82107
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-01-16
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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