Reflections on going and working rural: Student Nurses

Reflections on going and working rural: Student nurses perceptions, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about rural placement and practice.

Chief Investigator: Dr Sandra Hamilton

Co-investigators: Ms Michele Holloway, Professor Sandra Thompson, Associate Professor Rosemary Saunders, Associate Professor Helene Metcalfe

Nurses constitute a large and important part of the rural health workforce, having a more diverse role and additional responsibilities in the rural health care setting. Australian universities encourage rural clinical placements to increase rural workforce choices post-graduation. High quality education and clinical experiences during a student’s nursing degree are essential to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical and simulated knowledge to a real life setting. However there is limited evidence on nursing student’s experience of the reality of rural clinical practice and how this relates to their pre-placement expectations.

This study is a comparative analysis of pre-placement and on-placement reflective journals submitted as part of the assessment for the UWA Master of Nursing Science Rural Health Nursing Unit. It aims to examine and compare the student’s pre-placement perceptions, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs with the on-placement reality of a rural clinical placement.

Qualitative research methodology will be used and the reflective journals will be analysed thematically using NVivo data management software. Open and axial coding will be utilized to generate concepts and themes.







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