Impact of clinical placement location on nursing students competence and preparedness for practice

Edwards, Helen E., Smith, Sheree M., Courtney, Mary D., Finlayson, Kathleen J., & Chapman, Helen M. (2004) Impact of clinical placement location on nursing students competence and preparedness for practice. Nurse Education Today, 24(4), pp. 248-255.

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The challenges confronting nurses in today’s health care environments have highlighted the necessity for graduating students to feel both competent and prepared for practice. The aim of the aspect of the study reported in this article was to determine the relationship between the location of clinical placements and competence and preparedness for practice from the perspective of the nursing students. A quasi-experimental design using a pre-test post-test survey was used. The population consisted of all final year Bachelor of Nursing students at Queensland University of Technology, who undertook their clinical placement in either a rural or metropolitan location. The response rate was 65% in the pretest (n=137) and 57% in the posttest (n=121). The results of the study highlight the importance of both rural and metropolitan clinical environments in developing not only student competency but also students’ satisfaction with their clinical experience. The results suggest that the selection of a rural placement is more likely to occur when students feel competent, confident and organised about their clinical experience. Strategies to increase students’ perceptions of competence and confidence to undertake a rural placement are likely to increase students’ selection to ‘go rural’.

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ID Code: 1376
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Clinical placements, Rural nursing, Competence, Confidence
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2004.01.003
ISSN: 0260-6917
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 30 May 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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