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Whole of community facilitator support model: The rural preceptors’ experience

Zournazis, HE, Marlow, A ORCID: 0000-0002-8606-7497 and Mather, CA ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028 2017 , 'Whole of community facilitator support model: The rural preceptors’ experience' , Collegian , pp. 1-5 , doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2017.10.001.

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Background: In preparation for future needs of the health workforce there has been an increase of studentenrolments into health-related courses resulting in competing demands for quality professional experienceplacements. Consequently, additional student and preceptor support is necessary to ensure positivelearning outcomes for students placed in rural areas.Aim: To evaluate a whole of community facilitator model of support for nursing students and their preceptorsin rural practice settings.Methods: An evaluation approach included a needs analysis; literature review and online surveys frompreceptors, facilitators and nursing students.Findings: The results of the needs analysis and surveys identified how the whole of community facilitatormodel contributed to supporting preceptors to build placement capability and promote workforcedevelopment. The results revealed benefits to students and preceptors. Emerging themes from responsescentred on the interrelationship between the learning, teaching and healthcare environments.Conclusion: Preceptors recognised the value of the whole of community facilitator model through theircontribution of clinical and educational information, resources, modelling professional development,and provision of support. It was acknowledged multiple placement opportunities within a single community,enriched student experiences. With refinement, this model has potential to contribute to workforcedevelopment in other rural placement environments. To review the effectiveness of the model of facilitation,this paper focuses on the perspective of preceptors.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Zournazis, HE and Marlow, A and Mather, CA
Keywords: Facilitator, Nursing, Preceptor, Rural, Workforce development
Journal or Publication Title: Collegian
Publisher: Elsevier BV
ISSN: 1322-7696
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.colegn.2017.10.001
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© 2017 Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Australian College of Nursing Ltd.

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