Negative Depictions of Nursing and the Clinical Learning Environment in South African Newspapers: Optimizing the Hidden Curriculum to Teach Values to Student Nurses

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/335577
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Negative Depictions of Nursing and the Clinical Learning Environment in South African Newspapers: Optimizing the Hidden Curriculum to Teach Values to Student Nurses
Author(s):
Oosthuizen, Martha
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Tau Lambda-at Large
Author Details:
Martha Oosthuizen, DLittetPhil, MA (Nsg), BA (Nsg) (Hons), BCur, oosthmj@unisa.ac.za
Abstract:
Session presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: A qualitative content analysis of newspaper reports about nursing in South Africa paints a dismal picture of the clinical learning environment for nursing students. This paper briefly presents the findings and then propose strategies to teach students values, utilising the hidden curriculum, preceptors and other teaching strategies. Methods: A qualitative content analysis was done to determine how South African newspapers reported issues related to nurses and nursing. A search of the database SA Media of Sabinet was performed for the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2009, using the keywords, “nurse and nursing”.  A purposive sample of 161 newspaper articles from national and regional newspapers was analysed using a qualitative, inductive approach. Four themes emerged from the data. Three of the themes painted a negative picture of the profession and the professional values of its practitioners. Only one theme reflected positively on the nursing profession in South Africa. Content analysis has been described as suitable for qualitative studies and enabled the researcher to sift through large volumes of data, contained in 161 newspaper articles. Results: The analysis yielded four themes. This paper reflects on two of the themes namely "poor working environments" and " death, suffering, humiliation, misconduct and incompetence" that suggest an erosion of nursing values. It paints a dismal picture of the clinical learning environment where students are socialised into the professional role in addition to what is taught in the formal curriculum. Negative learning experiences in the clinical area often relate to attitudes and conduct which contradict moral and ethical values taught in the classroom. Students will internalise poor practice if it is the norm. Positive role models, mentors and preceptors are however able to counteract the effects of negative role models and shape the attitudes and behaviour of students and newly qualified nurses. Conclusion: This paper investigates the role of the hidden curriculum in cultivating values in nurses and proposes teaching strategies to enhance socialisation of student nurses to become competent, caring and moral practitioners.
Keywords:
clinical learning environment; hidden curriculum; values
Repository Posting Date:
17-Nov-2014
Date of Publication:
17-Nov-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
25th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Hong Kong
Description:
International Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNegative Depictions of Nursing and the Clinical Learning Environment in South African Newspapers: Optimizing the Hidden Curriculum to Teach Values to Student Nursesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorOosthuizen, Marthaen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentTau Lambda-at Largeen_GB
dc.author.detailsMartha Oosthuizen, DLittetPhil, MA (Nsg), BA (Nsg) (Hons), BCur, oosthmj@unisa.ac.zaen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/335577-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: A qualitative content analysis of newspaper reports about nursing in South Africa paints a dismal picture of the clinical learning environment for nursing students. This paper briefly presents the findings and then propose strategies to teach students values, utilising the hidden curriculum, preceptors and other teaching strategies. Methods: A qualitative content analysis was done to determine how South African newspapers reported issues related to nurses and nursing. A search of the database SA Media of Sabinet was performed for the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2009, using the keywords, “nurse and nursing”.  A purposive sample of 161 newspaper articles from national and regional newspapers was analysed using a qualitative, inductive approach. Four themes emerged from the data. Three of the themes painted a negative picture of the profession and the professional values of its practitioners. Only one theme reflected positively on the nursing profession in South Africa. Content analysis has been described as suitable for qualitative studies and enabled the researcher to sift through large volumes of data, contained in 161 newspaper articles. Results: The analysis yielded four themes. This paper reflects on two of the themes namely "poor working environments" and " death, suffering, humiliation, misconduct and incompetence" that suggest an erosion of nursing values. It paints a dismal picture of the clinical learning environment where students are socialised into the professional role in addition to what is taught in the formal curriculum. Negative learning experiences in the clinical area often relate to attitudes and conduct which contradict moral and ethical values taught in the classroom. Students will internalise poor practice if it is the norm. Positive role models, mentors and preceptors are however able to counteract the effects of negative role models and shape the attitudes and behaviour of students and newly qualified nurses. Conclusion: This paper investigates the role of the hidden curriculum in cultivating values in nurses and proposes teaching strategies to enhance socialisation of student nurses to become competent, caring and moral practitioners.en_GB
dc.subjectclinical learning environmenten_GB
dc.subjecthidden curriculumen_GB
dc.subjectvaluesen_GB
dc.date.available2014-11-17T13:55:14Z-
dc.date.issued2014-11-17-
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-17T13:55:14Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.name25th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationHong Kongen_GB
dc.descriptionInternational Nursing Research Congress, 2014 Theme: Engaging Colleagues: Improving Global Health Outcomes. Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kongen_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item related to this abstract, you may find it by browsing the repository by author. If author contact information is availabe in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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