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Supervising of nursing students in rural environments: Engaging learning by teaching the teachers

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Marlow, A ORCID: 0000-0002-8606-7497 and Mather, CA ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028 2017 , 'Supervising of nursing students in rural environments: Engaging learning by teaching the teachers' , Australian and International Journal of Rural Education .

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Theincreasednumber ofundergraduatestudentsrequiringsupervisedexperiencesinenvironmentswhereservicedeliveryistheprimarygoalchallengesthehealthprofessionworkforce.Giventheneedtorecruitandretainsuitablyqualifiedandeducationallypreparedstaffintothesesometimesunder-resourcedlocations,guidanceofhealthprofessionstudents,inparticularstudentsofnursing,inruralareasofTasmaniaisatopicalissue. Thissituationwasacknowledgedin2010whentheCommonwealthGovernment’sDepartmentofHealthandAgeingsponsoredalocalprojecttoincreasethenumberofopportunitiesforstudentstoundertakeprofessionalexperiencewithinnon-traditionalandruralhealthcaresettings.Theprojectgoalsincludedidentifyingandacknowledgingthosehealthcareprofessionalswhosupervisedlearners;providingguidance,mentorshipandresources;andbuildingcapabilityandcapacityinenvironmentstohoststudents.Onprojectcompletion,furtherCommonwealthfundingbecameavailablethroughHealthWorkforceAustraliatocontinuetheprojectaims.Oversixyears,aneducationalprocessfocussingontheneedsofruralhealthcareprofessionalsrelatedtosupervisionandsupportofundergraduatenursingstudentswasestablished.AnevaluativeapproachenabledtheuseofWeimer’s‘personalaccountsofchange’ methodologytoanalyseandcritiquetheapplicationofdevelopedlearningandteachingresources.Initially,resourcedevelopmentfocussed oncurrentknowledge,skillsandunderstandingsofsupervisionoflearnersbyhealthprofessionalsinpractice.Fromthefindings,thescopeofsupportbroadenedtoincludedevelopmentanddeliveryofworkshopstoenablethesupervisorsofstudentstodevelopapedagogicalunderstandingoflearningandteachinginhealthcaresettings.Evaluationsuggestedsupervisorsrequireguidanceandmentorshiprelatedtothe‘how’oflearningandteaching.Morespecifically, theywantedsynchronousandasynchronousaccesstoconsistentandcontemporarylearningandteachinginformationinatimelymanner.Giventheirgeographicisolation,thiseducationalsupportwasdeliveredinavarietyofinnovativewaysincludingdigitalresources,onlineprograms,video-conferencingandface-to-facelearningopportunities.Thispaperoutlinestheprocessesandoutcomesofdevelopingacollaborativeapproachtoincreasingthecapabilityandcapacityofhealthprofessionals,inparticular,registerednurses,whochoosetosuperviseundergraduatestudentsduringtheirruralworkplacebasedprofessionalexperience.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Marlow, A and Mather, CA
Keywords: nursing, preceptor, professional experience, rural, students
Journal or Publication Title: Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Publisher: Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia
ISSN: 1839-7387
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