Factors influencing student nurses in their choice of a rural clinical placement site

Smith, Sheree M., Edwards, Helen E., Courtney, Mary D., & Finlayson, Kathleen J. (2001) Factors influencing student nurses in their choice of a rural clinical placement site. Rural and Remote Health, 1.

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Rural health and government bodies have identified the need for greater numbers of health professionals in rural and remote health care settings. Providing students with the opportunity to experience a rural clinical placement has been suggested as one strategy for future health professionals to gain familiarity with the rural workplace and an awareness of the employment opportunities available in these areas. Although substantial numbers of student nurses have participated in a rural undergraduate clinical placement program at Queensland University of Technology since 1996, available places remain unfilled. This study aimed to investigate the factors influencing student nurses in their choice of a rural or metropolitan clinical placement.

This study utilised a descriptive survey design to collect pre-test data. The study was part of a larger project using a quasi-experimental pre-post test design. All final year Bachelor of Nursing students who were included in the sample subsequently undertook a clinical placement at a metropolitan or a rural clinical venue, with a 65% response rate for the pre-test (n = 137), and a 57% response rate post-test (n = 121). Findings demonstrated that possession of a rural background, previous work experience in a rural community and family, financial and/or employment commitments all influenced students’ choice of undertaking a rural clinical placement.

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ID Code: 261
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: student nurses, rural, clinical placement
ISSN: 1445-6354
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 (Please consult author)
Copyright Statement: First published in Rural and Remote Health [http://www.rrh.org.au]: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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