Bioscience learning in clinical placement: The experiences of pre-registration nursing students

Fell, Patricia and Dobbins, K. and Dee, P. (2016) Bioscience learning in clinical placement: The experiences of pre-registration nursing students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25 (17-18). pp. 2694-2705. ISSN 09621067 (ISSN)

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Aims and objectives: The aim of this study was to explore student nurses' views and experiences of bioscience learning in clinical placement. The study focused on (1) how relevant students perceive bioscience knowledge to their professional role; (2) what opportunities students have to apply bioscience knowledge during clinical placements; (3) what students perceive about the support they receive from placement mentors regarding bioscience learning. Background: Bioscience knowledge is required for safe and effective practice but is an area that students find challenging. Clinical placements offer students the ideal environment to integrate bioscience into clinical decision making. There is, however, a lack of research addressing specifically students' placement learning of bioscience. Design: An explanatory sequential mixed methods approach was adopted. Methods: The research involved two phases. In phase one predominantly quantitative data were collected via a survey. 112 final year BSc nursing students from across fields completed the survey (response rate = 66%). The results of this phase were then built upon by conducting three focus groups (n = 17) in a second qualitative research phase. Results: Whilst students acknowledged the relevance of bioscience to their nursing role, this study suggests that its importance is not recognised as widely by practice educators. Findings highlight inconsistencies in the quality of mentor support, the opportunities for students to learn and the priority that bioscience is given in placement education. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the need for more explicit bioscience criteria in placement assessments and a greater level of mentor education to ensure more consistency in the standard of placement learning of bioscience. Relevance to clinical practice: Providing insight into factors that influence student learning of bioscience during clinical placements provides focus on how higher education institutions and practice educators can better support students to confidently apply bioscience knowledge to deliver safe and effective patient care. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Item Type: Article
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13 January 2016Published Online
26 September 2015Accepted
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bioscience, Clinical decision making, Clinical placements, Nurse education, Patient care, Placement learning, Pre-registration, clinical article, clinical decision making, clinical practice, education, human, information processing, learning, nursing role, nursing student, patient care, professional standard, qualitative research, quantitative study, registration, teacher
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
CAH01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01-01 - medical sciences (non-specific)
CAH03 - biological and sport sciences > CAH03-01 - biosciences > CAH03-01-10 - others in biosciences
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-05 - medical sciences > CAH02-05-04 - anatomy, physiology and pathology
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR)
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 12:12
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:15

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