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Flexible clinical placements embedded
in a Clinical School
Professor Michelle Campbell
Executive Dean, Faculty of Health S...
ACU Clinical Schools
• Faculty of Health Sciences via School of Nursing, Midwifery &
Paramedicine connects with major clin...
Clinical Schools
• Establishes a centre of excellence for Undergraduate and
Post Graduate education
• Some Lectures, Pract...
Traditional block placements…
• Health care settings receive requests for placements from many
Education Providers (often ...
ACU Flexible Model
• Designed in consultation with Nurse Unit managers, key RNs and
staff from ACU
• Students join the fle...
Shifts
• Students undertake all shifts i.e. AM, PM and night duty over 7-day
week
– ( 21 shifts available per week - not 1...
Role of Clinical Liaison Nurse
• Supports the RNs and students
• Works a variety of shifts or 9 to 5 - weekdays only
• Lia...
Advantages for Students
• time in orientation and debrief each placement - more time spent
in “clinical setting”
• Clinica...
Advantages for Organisation
• Student becomes known by the ward/unit and the organisation
• RNs become aware of the studen...
Evaluations so far…
• Students really enjoy their clinical placement in flexible mode
– “Ability to work around my social ...
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Michelle Campbell, Australian Catholic University - Flexible Clinical Placements Embedded in a Clinical School

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Michelle Campbell, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University delivered this presentation at the 2012 Clinical Training & Workforce Planning Summit.

The 2012 Clinical Training & Workforce Planning Summit discussed the future of Australia's nursing workforce, exploring ways to ensure the capacity and experience to provide high quality care for our nation's increasing healthcare needs.

For more information, please visit http://www.informa.com.au/clinicaltraining12

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  1. 1. Flexible clinical placements embedded in a Clinical School Professor Michelle Campbell Executive Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, ACU
  2. 2. ACU Clinical Schools • Faculty of Health Sciences via School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine connects with major clinical partners to form clinical schools • Model varies depending on proximity to ACU campus, available teaching infrastructure & size of facility • Clinical Schools already in existence or planned : – Brisbane – TPCH, Mater, St Vincent’s Toowoomba – Canberra – Calvary – Sydney – St Vincent’s and Mater Health – Melbourne – Mercy Werribee, St Vincent’s Public, St Vincent’s Private & St John of God, Ballarat
  3. 3. Clinical Schools • Establishes a centre of excellence for Undergraduate and Post Graduate education • Some Lectures, Practical laboratories and Tutorials run on site - depending on proximity to campus • HWA Capital/Goods & Services funding - marked impact on increased capacity • Clinical Schools supported by Research Centres (and Professors) • Seconding of hospital staff as ACU Clinical Fellows
  4. 4. Traditional block placements… • Health care settings receive requests for placements from many Education Providers (often for same times in the year) • Burden is often placed on nurses and educators (large student numbers for 2- 5 weeks) • stress on Registered Nurses (students there for a short time only) • 6 – 9 months between clinical placements (no continuity) • Does not allow time to address specific learning needs • Insufficient time to enable students and staff to have sense of belonging or ownership
  5. 5. ACU Flexible Model • Designed in consultation with Nurse Unit managers, key RNs and staff from ACU • Students join the flexible model in 2nd year – in a variety of clinical settings eg. Mental health, acute, sub-acute • Placements may be undertaken over the whole semester period - Between February – July in 1st semester & July – December in 2nd semester • Students undertake between 15 – 20 shifts over the semester depending on the year level. This can be undertaken over 12-20 weeks • Students are rostered for 1, 2 or 3 shifts per week depending on availability
  6. 6. Shifts • Students undertake all shifts i.e. AM, PM and night duty over 7-day week – ( 21 shifts available per week - not 10 as for block mode) • Rules are set regarding student rostering Eg: 2 Night Duty shifts, must work 5 AM shifts • Students are expected to attend rostered shifts as if they were “employed”- no short shifts • Students are encouraged to plan ahead in accordance with due dates for assignments or other commitments
  7. 7. Role of Clinical Liaison Nurse • Supports the RNs and students • Works a variety of shifts or 9 to 5 - weekdays only • Liaises with the university and hospital i.e. contacts the university if student issues arise • Assists ward in ensuring correct and equitable rostering of students • Completes student assessments (Competency Assessment Tool) • Orientates students as a group prior to the commencement of flexible model • Timetables and delivers group education sessions for students as needed
  8. 8. Advantages for Students • time in orientation and debrief each placement - more time spent in “clinical setting” • Clinical learning occurs over the semester, not in a short, intense burst • Better work-life balance • Fuller understanding of nursing (through nights & weekend shifts) • Student can learn a new skill on-campus and then practice in clinical setting in same week • Students feel part of the team, and better prepared for work and understand the mission • Greater self-management and independence skills
  9. 9. Advantages for Organisation • Student becomes known by the ward/unit and the organisation • RNs become aware of the students capabilities and view as “future colleagues” • Night & weekend staff able to participate in student education experience • Some students seek employment as AINs within the organisation • Potential for early recruitment of students as RNs (graduates) • Potential to shorten graduate nurse year
  10. 10. Evaluations so far… • Students really enjoy their clinical placement in flexible mode – “Ability to work around my social life, work and uni life” – “We get to practice skills throughout the semester as we learn them in class” – “..having an extended time here lets the nurses learn who you are and they develop a good relationship with you” – “I like it because you become much more familiar with the ward and feel part of the team” • Staff are more accepting of students and their role as educator of future nurses – “ Shift work practice is beneficial for uni nurse students and becoming part of a team instills a satisfaction and support necessary to nurture upcoming nurses” – “students can consolidate their learning from uni with practical experiences consistently over time rather than in blocks”
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