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"Hitting the Ground Running": An Evaluation of Management Placements for Student Nurses with UK General Practice

Walsh, N. and Mason, R. (2018) "Hitting the Ground Running": An Evaluation of Management Placements for Student Nurses with UK General Practice. Primary Health Care, 28 (7). pp. 34-41. ISSN 2047-900X

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Abstract

Introduction: General practice is facing a shortage of doctors and nurses and rural locations can find it difficult to recruit and retain staff. Student nurses need exposure to primary care nursing roles in order to consider this as a future career and develop the skills needed for this environment. Students were offered final placements within general practice as part of the development of training hubs initiated by Health Education England. Aim: Explore the student experience and perception of their final placement in general practice. Method: A qualitative design utilising a group interview with three student nurses who had successfully completed a final placement within general practice. Results: A thematic analysis took place and three themes were derived: myth busting, teaching and learning environment, nursing attributes/skill development. Discussion: The diverse nature of the practice nurse role creates a suitable final placement for student nurses. The support available in these environments facilitates a positive learning experience for students. Providing student nurses with a final placement within general practice helps equip the future workforce with the necessary skills for primary care. It enables students to understand the career paths open to them and through exposure, consider a future as a practice nurse.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 RCN Publishing. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Primary Health Care. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Student Nurse, Final placement, General Practice Nursing (GPN), Student experience Recruitment and Retention, Workforce sustainability
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Nichola Walsh
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 17:03
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2019 17:19
URI: http://bgro.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/390

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