Bridging the theory–practice gap in student nurse training: an evaluation of a personal and professional development programme
Odro, Albert, Clancy, Carmel and Foster, John (2010) Bridging the theory–practice gap in student nurse training: an evaluation of a personal and professional development programme. The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 5 (2). pp. 4-12. ISSN 1755-6228 (Print), 2042-8707 (Online) (doi:10.5042/jmhtep.2010.0360)Full text not available from this repository.
A key challenge facing pre-registration nurse educators is to turn out students who are fit for practice by the end of their training (United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, 1999). This includes
developing their understanding of professionalism (Department of Health, 2003; Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2004; 2007). This paper provides an evaluation of a special personal and professional development scheme for mental
health student nurses implemented to improve the learning and development process. The scheme required that in addition to individual meetings with personal tutors, students would meet in small groups of 12–15, every six weeks, facilitated by their personal tutor and a clinician. The meetings provided a space for students to discuss nursing topics, their clinical experiences and performance
to improve their understanding of professional standards in their role transition.
The outcome was that over 80% of the respondents were satisfied with the structure, facilitation methods, contents, group size and the time allocated for the meetings. They also reported an increase in knowledge and level of understanding, awareness of professional
expectations, making better theory–practice links of learning and becoming more self-aware. The authors suggest that nurse training departments should collaborate with their clinical partners and adopt a similar framework to help bridge the theory–practice gap and enhance the transition process from student to qualified practitioner.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||professional expectation, reflection and self-awareness, theory–practice gap, learning realities, support, role modelling|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education|
R Medicine > RT Nursing
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Health & Social Care|
School of Health & Social Care > Nursing Research Group
|Last Modified:||20 Mar 2012 17:04|
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