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Enhancing transition : an enhanced model of clinical placement for final year nursing students

Nash, Robyn E., Lemcke, Pamela M., & Sacre, Sandy (2009) Enhancing transition : an enhanced model of clinical placement for final year nursing students. Nursing Education Today, 29(1), pp. 48-56.

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Abstract

Specialised support for student nurses making the transition to graduate nurse can be crucial to successful and smooth adjustment, and can create a path to positive and stable career experiences. This paper describes an enhanced model of final year nursing student placements which was trialled in 2006 at the Queensland University of Technology. The model involved collaboration with two major urban health services and resources were developed to support effective transition experiences. Ninety-two students, including 29 trial participants and 63 non-trial participants were assessed on preparedness for professional practice, before and after the trial semester. Results indicated an increase in preparedness across the entire sample, but students participating in the trial did not differ significantly in overall preparedness change from those who did not participate. Higher baseline preparedness in the trial group highlighted the possibility that proactive students who choose enrichment experiences tend to be likelier to gain benefit from such options than those who do not. Qualitative findings from focus groups conducted with 12 transition group students highlighted that one of the main beneficial aspects of the experience for students was the sense of belonging to a team that understood their learning needs and could work constructively with them.

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ID Code: 32046
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Clinical Experience, Clinical Placement, Clinical Transition, Nursing Transition, HERN
DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2008.06.004
ISSN: 0260-6917
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Medicine Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 06 May 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:08

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