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Collaboration in Student’s Simulated Clinical Practice
Presentation Objectives:
Share strategies for collaborative education of students in health Industries.
Reinforce the concept and value of experiential learning in education.
Highlight ways of including Inter-professional collaboration in simulation.
Background /Rationale:
For many undergraduate students in the health industry, limited numbers of quality clinical placements and variable placement experiences limit learning opportunities. In order to introduce students to the collaborative care and develop communication skills, social work, occupational therapy and nursing students in undergraduate health programmes at Wintec in New Zealand took part in a simulated Inter-professional meeting which was part of a simulated nursing practice programme.
Self-selecting participants completed a questionnaire answering five open ended questions and responded to an opportunity to take part in a focus group. Research findings were analysed through a process of thematic analysis whereby each sentence of data was analysed in the first instance and categorised. Categories were then analysed and merged where appropriate to form the overall themes.
Kolb’s (1984) Experiential Learning Theory provided a theoretical framework to guide this study.
Of the 72 participants, (54 nursing students, 8 occupational therapy students and 10 social work students) (n=48) responded to the questionnaire. Nine of these students also took part in the focus group. Themes identified from overall participant responses were: professional role clarification and awareness, preparedness, safety and realism.
Results in this study suggest that the simulated collaborative meeting overall provided a valuable learning experience for students. The study also highlighted the need to ensure that all students involved, receive the same information and are well prepared for the simulated meeting. Further research is required within the professional group to establish the value of including this type of experiential learning into undergraduate health and social practice programmes

Item Type: Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaboration, nursing, inter-professional
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
Depositing User: Nancy McNamara
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 02:54
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:44

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