Journeying through clinical placements - an examination of six student cases

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Title Journeying through clinical placements - an examination of six student cases
Author Newton, Jennifer M.; Billett, Stephen Richard; Ockerby, Cherene M.
Journal Name Nursing Education Today
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract How student nurses are permitted to participate in healthcare settings during placements is central to their skill development, formation of occupational identity and retention in nursing. Novices' participation and learning was mapped through their clinical experiences from student to graduate, as part of a multi-method longitudinal study examining nurses' workplace learning. Methods: Twenty-nine second and third year nursing students participated in a series of interviews over a two year period. Six students, representing a cross-section of a student cohort form the basis of this case study. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and thematically coded. Results: Four themes encapsulating the participants' journeys through clinical situations were identified; (a) creating learning opportunities, (b) gaining independence, (c) becoming part of the team and (d) generational differences. The themes reflect the development of novice nurses and the nuances of the workplace as a learning environment. Discussion: The cases highlight the importance of supportive placements that comprise openness with opportunities, tolerance of inter-generational differences and invitations to become part of the nursing team. The challenge for nurse educators is how to best prepare students for the complexities of the social, cultural and political arena of clinical practice.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 29
Issue Number 6
Page from 630
Page to 634
ISSN 0260-6917
Date Accessioned 2009-07-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Specialist Studies in Education
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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