Strength of cross-sector collaborations in co-designing an extended rural and remote nursing placement innovation: Focusing on student learning in preference to student churning

Strength of cross-sector collaborations in co-designing an extended rural and remote nursing placement innovation: Focusing on student learning in preference to student churning Journal Article

Australian Journal of Rural Health

  • Author(s): Jones, Debra, Randall, Sue, Williams, Anna, Waters, Donna, White, Danielle, Haddadan, Giti, Erlandsen, Anita, Hanniver, Jackie, Smith, Rebecca, Parr, Stephen
  • Published: 2022
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • ISBN: 1038-5282

Abstract: Aim To describe the strength of a cross-sector and multi-university collaboration in co-designing an extended nursing placement innovation in rural and remote Australia. Context Registered nurses are Australia's largest health workforce. Short-duration placements can limit nursing student exposure to rural and remote practice, impacting student capacity to tailor and contextualise their practice, navigate complex inequities, establish a sense of belonging and consider rural practice post-registration. Extended nursing placements have been recommended to address these challenges, but there are no guidelines governing their development and limited resources to support implementation. Approach Methods adopted in program development included the following: (1) collaboration establishment; (2) co-defining challenges confronting nurse education in these contexts; (3) co-developing guiding principles; (4) co-designing a new approach to nurse education, the Extended Nursing Placement Program (ENPP); and (5) the co-contribution of stakeholders to program design, implementation and evaluation. Regional stakeholders include a NSW and Victorian Local Health District/Service, three Aboriginal health services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. University participants include two metropolitan universities, a University Department of Rural Health and final-year Bachelor of Nursing students. Program implementation in Semester 1 of 2022 with seven final-year nursing students. Conclusion The authors propose that the adoption of collaborative approaches can contribute to re-framing student nurse education and the development of a rural-ready nursing workforce. These approaches can provide regions and universities with the opportunity to avoid student churn whilst promoting the attainment of skills required to work, live and thrive in these locations.

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Jones, Debra, Randall, Sue, Williams, Anna, Waters, Donna, White, Danielle, Haddadan, Giti, Erlandsen, Anita, Hanniver, Jackie, Smith, Rebecca, Parr, Stephen, 2022, Strength of cross-sector collaborations in co-designing an extended rural and remote nursing placement innovation: Focusing on student learning in preference to student churning, Journal Article, viewed 12 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=30602.

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