The sum of all parts: an Australian experience in improving clinical partnerships

Taylor, Melissa A. and Brammer, Jillian D. and Cameron, Michelle and Perrin, Cheryl A. (2015) The sum of all parts: an Australian experience in improving clinical partnerships. Nurse Education Today, 35 (2). pp. 297-303. ISSN 0260-6917


Aim: To create a collaborative partnership between the education provider (University) and the placement provider (Hospital) to facilitate the identification and development of strategies to improve capacity and capability for nursing clinical placements. This partnership was labelled (TULIP) to identify the two partners and its purpose as a learning investment project.
Background: The quality of clinical learning is interdependent on the collaborative clinical health partnerships between Hospital, University, preceptors/facilitators and students. Success is dependent on communication between all key stakeholders within the partnership, to meet capacity and capability demand. Design Collaborative quality assurance project in combination with two research projects.
Method: Quantitative and qualitative measurements of student perceptions, preceptor understanding and organisation partnership capacity and capability over a three year period in an acute care hospital.
Results: Qualitative and quantitative data from students and preceptors, and hospital quality assurance data linked to become the TULIP framework for a clinical placement development model that addresses the key components of strategic communication, resourcing and staff acknowledgement between stakeholders.
Conclusions: The outcomes achieved demonstrated student engagement, clinical leadership from registered nursing staff, and the establishment of a collaborative partnership between hospital executives and staff, and the university resulting in an increased capacity. The TULIP project has provided both partners with a sustainable plan for growth in student placements, improved strategies to develop clinical leadership practice in individual nurses and a better clinical learning environment for staff that uses a framework that is transferrable to other health settings.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 01:16
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2016 00:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical placement; learning environment; nursing students; preceptor; capacity; capability; partnerships; facilitator
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.10.003

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