Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study.

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    • Affiliation:
      Professor & Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Parklands Drive, 4222, Southport, QLD, Australia
      Director of Nursing, Nursing/Midwifery Education and Research Unit, Gold Coast University Hospital, Southport, Australia
      Adjunct Professor School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, 4222, Southport, QLD, Australia
      ADON Education Programs, Nursing/Midwifery Education and Research Unit, Gold Coast Health, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
      Director, Clinical Practice Office, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Meadowbrook, QLD, Australia
      Nurse Educator, Nursing/Midwifery Education and Research Unit, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
      School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Meadowbrook, QLD, Australia
      Nurse Unit Manager, C2E Digestive Health, Surgical, Anaesthetics, and Procedural Services, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast, Australia
      Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia
      Nursing Director, Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
      Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University & Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Southport, QLD, Australia
      Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
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    • Abstract:
      Background: Nursing student numbers have risen in response to projected registered nurse shortfalls, increasing numbers of new graduates requiring transitional support and pressure on clinical placements. A Collaborative Clusters Education Model, in which Entry to Practice facilitators coach ward-based registered nurses to support students' and new graduates' learning, may address placement capacity. The research aim was to evaluate the acceptability of the Collaborative Clusters Education Model to stakeholders by examining their perceptions of the facilitators and barriers to the model in its implementation. Methods: A convergent mixed methods evaluation approach was adopted. The study took place in a large Australian health service in south-east Queensland. Participants included Bachelor of Nursing students, Entry to Practice facilitators, ward-based registered nurses, academics and new graduates. A mixed methods design was used. Elements included an online survey of nursing students, and interviews with new graduates, Entry to Practice facilitators, ward-based registered nurses, and academics. Descriptive statistics were calculated on quantitative data. Thematic analysis was conducted on qualitative data. Results: Participants included 134 (of 990) nursing students (response rate 13.5%), five new graduates, seven Entry to Practice facilitators, four registered nurses, and three nurse academics. Students rated facilitators' effectiveness highly (4.43/5 ± 0.75), although this finding is tempered by a low response rate (13.5%). For learners, the model provided access to learning experiences, although preferences for sources of support differed between students and new graduates, and further clarification of responsibilities was required. For other stakeholders, three themes emerged: students' and new graduates' integration into the workplace can promote learning; tensions arise in new ways to approach performance assessment; and aligning expectations requires high levels of communication. Conclusions: This evaluation found that acceptability was good but at risk from limited clarity around roles and responsibilities. Further research into this model is recommended.
    • Journal Subset:
      Europe; Nursing; UK & Ireland
    • ISSN:
      1472-6955
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 101088683
    • Publication Date:
      20200701
    • Publication Date:
      20200701
    • DOI:
      10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9
    • Accession Number:
      144260870
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      VAN DE MORTEL, T. F. et al. Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study. BMC Nursing, [s. l.], v. 19, n. 1, p. 1–10, 2020. DOI 10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144260870. Acesso em: 29 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      van de Mortel TF, Armit L, Shanahan B, et al. Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study. BMC Nursing. 2020;19(1):1-10. doi:10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9
    • APA:
      van de Mortel, T. F., Armit, L., Shanahan, B., Needham, J., Brown, C., Grafton, E., Havell, M., Henderson, A., & Grealish, L. (2020). Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study. BMC Nursing, 19(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      van de Mortel, Thea F., Lyn Armit, Brenton Shanahan, Judith Needham, Candy Brown, Eileen Grafton, Michelle Havell, Amanda Henderson, and Laurie Grealish. 2020. “Supporting Australian Clinical Learners in a Collaborative Clusters Education Model: A Mixed Methods Study.” BMC Nursing 19 (1): 1–10. doi:10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9.
    • Harvard:
      van de Mortel, T. F. et al. (2020) ‘Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study’, BMC Nursing, 19(1), pp. 1–10. doi: 10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      van de Mortel, TF, Armit, L, Shanahan, B, Needham, J, Brown, C, Grafton, E, Havell, M, Henderson, A & Grealish, L 2020, ‘Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study’, BMC Nursing, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 1–10, viewed 29 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      van de Mortel, Thea F., et al. “Supporting Australian Clinical Learners in a Collaborative Clusters Education Model: A Mixed Methods Study.” BMC Nursing, vol. 19, no. 1, June 2020, pp. 1–10. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      van de Mortel, Thea F., Lyn Armit, Brenton Shanahan, Judith Needham, Candy Brown, Eileen Grafton, Michelle Havell, Amanda Henderson, and Laurie Grealish. “Supporting Australian Clinical Learners in a Collaborative Clusters Education Model: A Mixed Methods Study.” BMC Nursing 19, no. 1 (June 26, 2020): 1–10. doi:10.1186/s12912-020-00451-9.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      van de Mortel TF, Armit L, Shanahan B, Needham J, Brown C, Grafton E, et al. Supporting Australian clinical learners in a collaborative clusters education model: a mixed methods study. BMC Nursing [Internet]. 2020 Jun 26 [cited 2020 Oct 29];19(1):1–10. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144260870