Nurse link lecturers' perceptions of the challenges facing student nurses in clinical learning environments: A qualitative study

Harrison-White, Karen and Owens, John (2018) Nurse link lecturers' perceptions of the challenges facing student nurses in clinical learning environments: A qualitative study. Nurse Education in Practice. ISSN 1471-5953

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom student nurses spend approximately half of their education programme in a practical setting commonly referred to as the Clinical Learning Environment (CLE). The significant amount of time student nurses spend in CLEs, combined with reports of negative experiences, indicate that it is important to consider the challenges of learning within this environment. Nurse Link Lecturers spend up to 20% of their teaching time supporting student nurses in CLEs. Link lecturers' proximity to the CLE means that they are well-placed to articulate the challenges facing student nurses in this context. This paper reports on a study that used interviews and focus groups to collect experienced adult field Link Lecturers' views on the challenges facing student nurses in CLEs. Link Lecturers reported that students often find themselves in polarised positions of either ‘fitting in’ with the pressures of the environment and thereby potentially gaining ‘access to learning’ opportunities or ‘falling out’ and merely ‘learning to get through’ their placement. Mentors were thought to have a significant influence on student nurses' negotiation of learning. This insight is timely due to the changes in supervisory and assessment arrangements required by the new Nursing and Midwifery Council Standards (NMC, 2018).

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Supervision, Student nurses, Clinical learning environments, Nurse education,
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 09:23
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 07:38
URI: http://bucks.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17568

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