The experiences of adult nursing students completing their final placement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cushen-brewster, Noreen, Barker, Anne, Driscoll-evans, Paul, Langton, Helen and Wigens, Lynne (2021) The experiences of adult nursing students completing their final placement during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Nursing. ISSN 0966-0461 (In Press)

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Abstract

Background

The emergency measures implemented by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2020) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic provided nursing students in their final six months of study with the opportunity to increase their personal responsibility for the care they delivered under supervision.

Aim

Explore the experiences of 3rd year nursing students who completed their final clinical placement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods

Semi-structured interviews were conducted via a virtual platform.

Findings

Three themes were identified: the importance of support mechanisms, the development of confidence, and innovative learning opportunities. Students reported improved confidence in the transition period to registered practitioner and felt well supported which enabled them to take greater responsibility.

Conclusion

This study provides insight into the experience of nursing students during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that support mechanisms, and a sense of belonging helped to increase their confidence in clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, student support, transition, confidence, virtual learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 11:07
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 11:07
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1966

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