The uniqueness of elderly care : Registered nurses' experience as preceptors during clinical practice in nursing homes and home-based care

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The uniqueness of elderly care : Registered nurses' experience as preceptors during clinical practice in nursing homes and home-based care
Author(s) Carlson, Elisabeth ; Bengtsson, Mariette
Date 2013
English abstract
The expected shortage of registered nurses with an advanced degree as specialists in geriatric care or gerontology is imminent. Previous studies report that clinical practice where student nurses are supervised by registered nurses has a direct impact on how students perceive nursing as a profession and future career choice. Considering the anticipated need for well-educated and specialised nurses it is therefore, relevant as well as necessary to describe clinical learning with a focus on preceptorship in geriatric nursing care. This paper is a report of a study describing registered nurses’ experience of precepting undergraduate student nurses during clinical practice in nursing homes and home-based care. A qualitative design, based on seven focus group interviews, was employed with 30 registered nurses with preceptor experience from nursing homes and home-based care for the elderly. Our findings present three precepting strategies that are unique to elderly care: preparing students for end of life care, facilitating a respectful approach to the older person and promoting creativity and independent work. The findings are discussed using a socio-cultural perspective and illustrate how communities of elderly practice can be valuable learning environments.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2013.07.017 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Nurse Education Today;4
Volume 34
ISSN 0260-6917
Pages 569–573
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Elderly care
Preceptor
Nurse education
Socio-cultural theory
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15742 (link to this page)

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