Enhancing student learning in the workplace through developing the leadership capabilities of clinical supervisors in the nursing discipline.
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Clinical experience is a core element of undergraduate nursing education and students consistently report that clinical placement plays a large part in their decisions to pursue careers in nursing beyond graduation (Shih & Chuang, 2008). Despite this, real-world experiences do not automatically translate to positive learning experiences, or to the development of well-rounded neophyte professionals. This paper describes the planning, implementation and evaluation of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council funded project that was designed to strengthen the leadership capacity of staff involved in the clinical supervision of undergraduate nursing students in the workplace. The university worked in partnership with three major metropolitan hospitals in Queensland to develop a framework and professional development program incorporating leadership and clinical supervision. The program consists of two structured workshops complemented by individual personal development projects undertaken by participants. Participants are supported in these activities with a purpose-built website that provides access to a wide variety of information and other learning resources. Initial evaluations indicate that the approach is highly valued by participants, promotes useful peer dialogue and sharing of experiences and personal development in relation to assisting student learning in the workplace.
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Nursing not elsewhere classified