Challenges to the provision of clinical education in nursing

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Contemporary Nurse, 2019, 55 (4-5), pp. 458 - 467
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© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Objective: To outline and discuss the challenges inherent in providing clinical education for undergraduate nursing students. Design: Discussion paper. Discussion: The primary goal of undergraduate nursing education is the preparation of graduates able to function as newly registered nurses in acute hospital, primary care, continuing care and mental health settings. Clinical practice is a critical yet complex and challenging component of students’ professional development. Conclusions: It is argued that different models for clinical learning are appropriate for different contexts and stages of student development. Nursing needs, however, to be fully cognisant of the importance of collaborative development underpinned by adequate funding and to be aware of the often invisible impacts of neoliberal policies and priorities on health and education.
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