What supports allied health students to think, feel and act as a health professional in a rural setting? Perceptions of allied health staff

Furness, Linda and Tynan, Anna and Ostini, Jenny (2019) What supports allied health students to think, feel and act as a health professional in a rural setting? Perceptions of allied health staff. Australian Journal of Rural Health. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1038-5282

Abstract

Objective:
Clinical placements in rural locations provide student health professionals with diverse learning opportunities. Engaging in clinical work and learning from role models and peers in the workplace are primary ways students develop professional skills, behaviour and identities as a health professional. The purpose of this study was to examine the influences supporting allied health students undertaking clinical placements in a rural health service to think, feel and act as a health professional from the perspective of allied health staff.

Design:
A qualitative study comprising focus group discussions was conducted.

Setting:
The study was conducted in a rural health service in Queensland, Australia.

Participants:
Seventeen allied health staff whose roles support clinical placement education in the health service

Main outcome measures:

This study identified clinical placement factors which can support allied health students thinking, feeling and acting as a health professional.

Results:
Thematic analysis was used to understand staff perceptions of how rural placements support students to think, feel and act as a health professional. Key placement actions included taking advantage of the diverse learning experiences in a rural area, facilitating student connectedness in the workplace and grading learning to support independence and autonomy for practice.

Conclusions:
Findings from this study show that the diverse work environment and experiences in a rural setting provide unique opportunities for students to begin to think, feel, and act as a health professional. Strategies identified might be applied in other similar contexts.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 30 October 2019. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst Version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 July 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 05:22
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 04:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: clinical education, research and education, rural and remote education, student placements, teaching and learning
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200101 Communication Studies
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12557
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37352

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