A stock-take of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia

Neville C. C., Yuginovich T. and Boyes J. (2008) A stock-take of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26 2: 17-26.


Author Neville C. C.
Yuginovich T.
Boyes J.
Title A stock-take of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0813-0531
1447-4328
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 17
End page 26
Total pages 10
Editor Australia
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Nursing Federation
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 111001 Aged Care Nursing
C1
1110 Nursing
920210 Nursing
Abstract Objective: The aim of this study was to survey selected universities on a variety of aspects of the aged care clinical placement component of undergraduate nursing courses. Design: A cross-sectional, descriptive design using a questionnaire was employed. Subjects: Australian universities having a faculty, department or school of nursing (n=32). Results: It was found that placements occurred in the first and third years of academic study largely in an aged care facility close to the university site. There was often competition between universities in trying to access the same facilities for student placements. Not all universities performed a formal assessment of the facility’s suitability for an aged care clinical placement and often universities struggled to find university educators suitably qualified in aged care. Conclusions: Recommendations include the use of sites other than aged care facilities that offer aged care specific services. Use of services away from the immediate locality may expand student experience, while better university co-ordination of placements may ensure fairer access to all students. The development and implementation of a clinical audit tool, together with incentives for experienced aged care nurses to participate in higher education may contribute to the development of quality aged care specific skills.
Keyword Nursing education
Aged care
clinical placements
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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