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Exploring and Improving Student Engagement in an Accelerated Undergraduate Nursing Program through a Mentoring Partnership: An Action Research Study

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Bramble, M ORCID: 0000-0001-6552-1171, Maxwell, H ORCID: 0000-0003-0610-4698, Einboden, R ORCID: 0000-0002-9541-899X, Farrington, S ORCID: 0000-0003-0072-2057, Say, RE ORCID: 0000-0002-8586-9703, Beh, CL, Stankiewicz, G ORCID: 0000-0003-1545-9466, Munro, G, Marembo, E and Rickard, G ORCID: 0000-0003-3896-3323 2018 , 'Exploring and Improving Student Engagement in an Accelerated Undergraduate Nursing Program through a Mentoring Partnership: An Action Research Study' , International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, vol. 15, no. 1 , doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2017-0090.

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Abstract

This Participatory Action Research (PAR) project aimed to engage students from an accelerated ’fast track’ nursingprogram in a mentoring collaboration, using an interdisciplinary partnership intervention with a group ofacademics. Student participants represented the disciplines of nursing and paramedicine with a high proportionof culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students. Nine student mentors were recruited and pairedwith academics for a three-month ‘mentorship partnership’ intervention. Data from two pre-intervention workshopsand a post-intervention workshop were coded in NVivo11 using thematic analysis. Drawing on social inclusiontheory, a qualitative analysis explored an iteration of themes across each action cycle. Emergent themeswere: 1) ‘building relationships for active engagement’, 2) ‘voicing cultural and social hierarchies’, and 3) ‘enactingcollegiate community’. The study offers insights into issues for contemporary accelerated course deliverywith a diverse student population and highlights future strategies to foster effective student engagement.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bramble, M and Maxwell, H and Einboden, R and Farrington, S and Say, RE and Beh, CL and Stankiewicz, G and Munro, G and Marembo, E and Rickard, G
Keywords: nursing, student engagement, social inclusion, diversity
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
ISSN: 2194-5772
DOI / ID Number: 10.1515/ijnes-2017-0090
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Copyright 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston

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