Students' Perception of the Psycho-Social Clinical Learning Environment: An Evaluation of Placement Models

Henderson, Amanda, Twentyman, Michelle, Heel, Alison and Lloyd, Belinda (2006) Students' Perception of the Psycho-Social Clinical Learning Environment: An Evaluation of Placement Models. Nurse Education Today, 26 7: 564-571. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2006.01.012

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Author Henderson, Amanda
Twentyman, Michelle
Heel, Alison
Lloyd, Belinda
Title Students' Perception of the Psycho-Social Clinical Learning Environment: An Evaluation of Placement Models
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2006.01.012
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 26
Issue 7
Start page 564
End page 571
Total pages 8
Place of publication Edinburgh
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Subject 321199 Nursing not elsewhere classified
330105 Educational Counselling
330109 Assessment and Evaluation
330000 Education
330101 Educational Psychology
330106 Comparative Education
330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
330103 Sociology of Education
330199 Education Studies not elsewhere classified
321100 Nursing
Abstract Nursing is a practice based discipline. A supportive environment has been identified as important for the transfer of learning in the clinical context. The aim of the paper was to assess undergraduate nurses' perceptions of the psychosocial characteristics of clinical learning environments within three different clinical placement models. Three hundred and eight-nine undergraduate nursing students rated their perceptions of the psycho-social learning environment using a Clinical Learning Environment Inventory. There were 16 respondents in the Preceptor model category, 269 respondents in the Facilitation model category and 114 respondents in the clinical education unit model across 25 different clinical areas in one tertiary facility. The most positive social climate was associated with the preceptor model. On all subscales the median score was rated higher than the two other models. When clinical education units were compared with the standard facilitation model the median score was rated higher in all of the subscales in the Clinical Learning Environment Inventory. These results suggest that while preceptoring is an effective clinical placement strategy that provides psycho-social support for students, clinical education units that are more sustainable through their placement of greater numbers of students, can provide greater psycho-social support for students than traditional models.
Keyword student
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Additional Notes This is an author version of an article originally published as Amanda Henderson, Michelle Twentyman, Alison Heel, and Belinda Lloyd (2006) Students' perception of the psycho-social clinical learning environment: An evaluation of placement models, Nurse Education Today 26 (7) : 564-571. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2006.01.012 Copyright 2006 Elsevier. All rights reserved. Single copies only may be downloaded and printed for a user's personal research and study.

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