A stocktake of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia

Neville, Christine C. and Yuginovich, Trudy and Boyes, Joanne (2008) A stocktake of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26 (2). pp. 17-26. ISSN 0813-0531

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Objective: The aim of this study was to survey selected universities on a variety of aspects of the aged care clinical placement component of undergraduate nursing courses. Design: A cross-sectional, descriptive design using a questionnaire was employed. Setting: Selected Australian universities offering undergraduate nursing courses. Subjects: Australian universities having a faculty, department or school of nursing (n=32). Results: It was found that placements occurred in the first and third years of academic study largely in an aged care facility close to the university site. There was often competition between universities in trying to access the same facilities for student placements. Not all universities performed a formal assessment of the facility's suitability for an aged care clinical placement and often universities struggled to find university educators suitably qualified in aged care. Conclusions: Recommendations include the use of sites other than aged care facilities that offer aged care specific services. Use of services away from the immediate locality may expand student experience, while better university co-ordination of placements may ensure fairer access to all students. The development and implementation of a clinical audit tool, together with incentives for experienced aged care nurses to participate in higher education may contribute to the development of quality aged care specific skills.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2011 05:35
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 05:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: aged care; clinical placements; nursing education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19975

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