Belongingness: a pivotal precursor to optimising the learning of nursing students in the clinical environment

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152123
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Belongingness: a pivotal precursor to optimising the learning of nursing students in the clinical environment
Abstract:
Belongingness: a pivotal precursor to optimising the learning of nursing students in the clinical environment
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Levett-Jones, Tracy L., RN, BN, ME
P.I. Institution Name:The University of Newcastle
Title:Bachelor of Nursing Program Convenor, Research Academic
[Research Presentation] This paper profiles the findings from a study that explored the phenomenon of belongingness. In this study the relationship between belongingness and the clinical placement experiences of third year nursing students in Australia and the United Kingdom was examined by measuring the extent to which students experience belongingness, and exploring the factors that impact on and are consequences of that experience. Students (n = 362) from three universities participated in an anonymous online survey termed the Belongingness Scale-Clinical Placement Experience (BES-CPE), and eighteen of those students participated in semi-structured interviews. In comparing the extent to which nursing students experience belongingness it was determined that the mean BES-CPE scores of participants from the UK were statistically higher than participants from either of the two Australian universities. Of the demographic variables analysed, previous nursing experience, gender and country of birth, were not a strong influence on studentsÆ experience of belongingness.áThe effects of age and English as a first language were less certain.áThe qualitative data revealed that the experiences of the participants from the three universities were remarkably similar. The participants described placement experiences that spanned a continuum from those that promoted a high degree of belongingness to those that provoked intense feelings of alienation. Belongingness was seen to be both a deeply personal and a contextually-mediated experience. The interpersonal relationships forged with the registered nurses that students worked with were the most important influence on belongingness. A number of consequences of belongingness were identified by students. Of these it was the relationship between belongingness and studentsÆ capacity and motivation for learning to nurse that emerged as a critical and recurring theme. Given that clinical placements are specifically designed to facilitate authentic learning opportunities, this is a significant finding that has repercussions at both the micro and macro levels.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleBelongingness: a pivotal precursor to optimising the learning of nursing students in the clinical environmenten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152123-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Belongingness: a pivotal precursor to optimising the learning of nursing students in the clinical environment</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Levett-Jones, Tracy L., RN, BN, ME</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The University of Newcastle</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Bachelor of Nursing Program Convenor, Research Academic</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Tracy.Levett-Jones@newcastle.edu.au</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] This paper profiles the findings from a study that explored the phenomenon of belongingness. In this study the relationship between belongingness and the clinical placement experiences of third year nursing students in Australia and the United Kingdom was examined by measuring the extent to which students experience belongingness, and exploring the factors that impact on and are consequences of that experience. Students (n = 362) from three universities participated in an anonymous online survey termed the Belongingness Scale-Clinical Placement Experience (BES-CPE), and eighteen of those students participated in semi-structured interviews. In comparing the extent to which nursing students experience belongingness it was determined that the mean BES-CPE scores of participants from the UK were statistically higher than participants from either of the two Australian universities. Of the demographic variables analysed, previous nursing experience, gender and country of birth, were not a strong influence on students&AElig; experience of belongingness.&aacute;The effects of age and English as a first language were less certain.&aacute;The qualitative data revealed that the experiences of the participants from the three universities were remarkably similar. The participants described placement experiences that spanned a continuum from those that promoted a high degree of belongingness to those that provoked intense feelings of alienation. Belongingness was seen to be both a deeply personal and a contextually-mediated experience. The interpersonal relationships forged with the registered nurses that students worked with were the most important influence on belongingness. A number of consequences of belongingness were identified by students. Of these it was the relationship between belongingness and students&AElig; capacity and motivation for learning to nurse that emerged as a critical and recurring theme. Given that clinical placements are specifically designed to facilitate authentic learning opportunities, this is a significant finding that has repercussions at both the micro and macro levels.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:24:52Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:24:52Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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