The impact of rural nursing and midwifery clinical placements from the perspective of health service staff

The impact of rural nursing and midwifery clinical placements from the perspective of health service staff Journal Article

Australian Journal of Rural Health

  • Author(s): Walker, Clara, Forbes, Roma
  • Published: 2022
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Volume: n/a
  • ISBN: 1038-5282

Abstract: Abstract Objective To explore the impact of providing nursing and midwifery student placements from the perspective of regional, rural and remote health service staff involved in hosting students. Setting Hospital and health services across regional, rural and remote southern Queensland. Participants Thirty-six nursing and midwifery staff working in clinical and/or management roles who were direct clinical supervisors of students or in leadership positions with responsibility for overseeing and supporting clinical placements. Design Semi-structured interviews exploring the experiences and perspectives of nursing and midwifery health service staff who support student placements. Data were subject to thematic analysis. Results Five key themes were identified as follows: (a) bringing new ideas and perspectives, (b) opportunities for development, (c) supporting the future rural workforce (d) impacts on workload and productivity and (e) strategies for balancing supervision. Conclusion The results indicate that there are a range of perceived benefits and challenges of providing nursing and midwifery student placements within regional, rural and remote settings. The findings also indicate that there are opportunities to further support rural health services to optimise the positive impacts and mitigate the challenges of providing placements. To do so requires collaboration between health services and education providers to allocate students appropriately to health services and support health service staff.

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Walker, Clara, Forbes, Roma, 2022, The impact of rural nursing and midwifery clinical placements from the perspective of health service staff, Volume:n/a, Journal Article, viewed 23 May 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=39490.

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