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Survey: is workplace-based learning meeting the needs of the 21st century neonatal nurse in Australia?

Bromley, P ORCID: 0000-0001-9596-677X, Govindaswamy, P, Walsh, A, Michaels, A and Parsons, J 2021 , 'Survey: is workplace-based learning meeting the needs of the 21st century neonatal nurse in Australia?' , The Journal of Neonatal Nursing , doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.03.008.

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Abstract

AimThe aim of this research was to identify the challenges of workplace-based education for neonatal nurses in clinical practice.MethodElectronic survey of neonatal nurses across Australia.ResultsOne-quarter of the neonatal nursing workforce will retire in the next decade. Only one-third of participants are enrolled in further studies. Part-time and casualisation, busy workplaces, carer responsibilities, financial costs and limited organisational support are barriers to education, both in the workplace and through external studies.LimitationsThe small population sample is a prominent limitation to this study. However, the findings reflect other studies exploring workplace-based learning, suggesting the conclusions drawn may be transferable to other contexts.ConclusionsConceivably, the next decade will see 27% of the neonatal nursing workforce retiring. There is a need to recruit and educate the future workforce. Current strategies for workplace-based education may not be meeting the learning needs of neonatal nursing staff. More novel approaches to workplace-based education may be required for the 21st century neonatal nurse.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bromley, P and Govindaswamy, P and Walsh, A and Michaels, A and Parsons, J
Keywords: nursing education, neonatal, workplace-based education, workplace-based learning
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 1355-1841
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.03.008
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