Being a learner - exploring student experiences of dialogue with nurse lecturers during clinical practicum: a phenomenological study

McClunie-Trust, Patricia , (2016) Being a learner - exploring student experiences of dialogue with nurse lecturers during clinical practicum: a phenomenological study. 2016.

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Learning in clinical environments is a key aspect of the Bachelor of Nursing pre-registration programme. Support provided to nursing students enhances learning opportunities during clinical practicums. The focus of this research is to explore student learning experiences through dialogue with nurse lecturers during clinical practicum. Nurse lecturers assist student’s knowledge acquisition in practicum to become safe nursing practitioners making informed clinical judgments. Nursing students have limited situational and ready-to-hand knowledge of how to approach clinical scenarios. Therefore, this research explores student experiences of dialogue with nurse lecturers in practicum and how learning is supported in clinical environments. A purposive sample of three third year nursing students from two different education providers were interviewed, with data analysed using an interpretive phenomenological approach. Being a Learner emerged as the central theme with three sub-themes evident; experiencing the unfamiliar, being good in clinical environments, and professional sense making. Support through dialogue with nurse lecturers provides a significant source of safety for students, especially when faced with challenging situations in practicum. The findings of this research highlight the importance students place on seeing a familiar, safe person in clinical environments, which is perceived as an unfamiliar learning setting by students. Nurse lecturers enhance learning opportunities by listening to student experiences and providing strategies to help students make sense of clinical situations. Using ready to hand clinical situational knowledge, lecturers encourage growth and enhance reflective skills of students, providing learning support to students in clinical environments. Education providers who prepare nurse lecturers with negotiation and communication skills allows students to feel supported and valued, enabling knowledge acquisition to occur during practicum.

Item Type:Supervise fellow researcher or student work
Subjects:R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:4415
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Deposited On:30 Jun 2016 21:03
Last Modified:30 Jun 2016 21:03

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