There are core nursing skills to be learnt in the aged-care setting that some students may be taking for granted in pursuit of more advanced clinical skills.
That’s according to University of Western Sydney PhD candidate Maricris Algoso, whose most recent project is aiming to establish whether undergraduate assistants in nursing's (AIN) employment in aged care prepares new graduates for the clinical work environment.
“Since nursing education transferred into the tertiary sector, there has been constant debate about the quantity, and even quality, of clinical placements during the undergraduate nursing program,” Algoso said. “This has illuminated issues regarding their clinical preparedness as new graduate nurses.”
Algoso’s study will look at whether their employment prepares them for new graduate clinical practice and whether undergraduate AIN employment can contribute to future developments in education.
The study will involve a survey and interviews. Algoso is in the recruitment phase of the study. Participants need to be new-graduate nurses with at least three months' experience who have previously been employed as undergraduate AINs in the aged-care setting.
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