Making Connections in Aged Care: The Report of the Residential Aged Care Preceptor Research Project
Robinson, AL and Cubit, K and Francis, B and Bull, R and Crack, J and Webber, Y (2002) Making Connections in Aged Care: The Report of the Residential Aged Care Preceptor Research Project. Project Report. University of Tasmania, Launceston.
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A report of the 2002 Tasmanian pilot project 'Making Connections In Aged Care', funded by two aged care providers and a UTas teaching development grant. In this study we trialled an intervention strategy to support students to have a quality clinical placement in aged care, utilising a fourth generation evaluation method (Guba and Lincoln 1989). The two stage project involved a group of undergraduate nursing students (N=26) and their aged care nurse preceptors (N=13) in a series of parallel focus group discussions, with a feedback loop between the student and preceptor groups. The project was a great success. Students interest in working in the aged care sector improved markedly from 36% on entry to 92% at completion of a 3 week placement. The project produced a range of recommendations central to supporting students and providing a quality clinical placement. These recommendations focused on Registered Nurse preceptors having ongoing support to develop their role and gain an understanding of the complexities involved in acting as a preceptor to undergraduate students; the importance of continuity between students and their preceptors and the opportunity for student groups and preceptors groups to meet separately on a regular basis, to share their experiences and collaborate to facilitate learning in practice.
|Item Type:||Report (Project Report)|
|Keywords:||Aged care, preceptorship, student nurses, residential aged care, nursing homes|
|Deposited By:||A/Prof Andrew L Robinson|
|Deposited On:||24 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Jul 2008 20:01|
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