Developing an online meeting forum for nursing & social work studentswho are out on practice placements Sarah Kennedy November 2012
Setting the scene - outlining the ‘problem’ :• Students on our programme are training for two sets of qualifications• They do practice placements in each year, including a 90 day placement in the 2nd year and a 100 day final placement in the 3rd year.• We know that they can experience feelings of isolation and can feel cut off from peers and university (see: Maidment 2006, Young et al 2010, University of Salford Joint Programme end of year evaluations and placement evaluations)
Aims of the project: To provide support I intend to do thisfor students out on via an online placement using session that is voluntary to Create asynchronous media participate in. Community of (Macdonald 2006) Practice(supporting UK PSF: (When? How? Any A4, K4, K6, V2, V3 restrictions on and V4) numbers? )
How do I know that this is what our students want?What do colleagues and practice settings think?
Why I believe this will work:• Previous students (both our own and in the literature) have told us they would have/have benefitted from it• Current students are open to trying it• It provides an additional layer of support to complement the formal structures that are already in place• Google Hangout means that the meeting can be recorded for others to easily see, therefore assuming participants give permission, those who cannot attend can still easily access the recording.
What obstacles might there be?• Using and accessing the technology (eg availability of laptops, having the right accessories, being registered, firewalls in the workplace, students lack confidence ) pilot sessions to practice using the tool• Having the time to attend a session perhaps provide sessions at different times to enable participation
How will I know if it’s worked? Informal feedback from individuals Questionnaires sent to everyone in the year – Whether people those who attend the sessions participated and those who didn’t Feedback from Feedback from practice educators via colleagues at team questionnaires meetings
Next steps…• To also pilot the online sessions for our 3rd years who are going out on placement in March 2013.• To share the outcomes with the wider School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work – possibly with a view to exploring a way of making this type of support available to all students on practice placements• To write up the results for publication…?!
Finally…“ reinventing the wheel is a wasteful and dispiriting activity. Now that we have a language to describe that experience of practice teaching and learning we have an opportunity to spend more time creatively: to extend the metaphor, using the wheels to build different kinds of vehicles for the learning”(Doel, 2000 p 167 in Beverley & Worsley 2007)
References:• Doel M (2000) Practice teaching & Learning in Pierce R & Weinstein J (2000) Innovative Education & Training for Care Professionals: A Providers Guide. London; Jessica Kingsly cited by Beverley A & Worsley A (2007) Learning & Teaching in Social Work Practice. Hampshire; Palgrave Macmillan.• Macdonald J (2006) Blended Learning & Online Tutoring: A Good Practice Guide. Hampshire; Gower.• Maidment J (2006) Using On-line Delivery to Support Students during Practicum Placements Austrailian Social Work Vol 59, issue 1 p47-55.• Young P, Moore E, Griffiths G, Raine R, Stewart R, Cownie M, Fruto Perez M (2010) Help is just a text away: The use of short message service texting to provide an additional means of support for health care students during practice placements Nurse Education Today Vol 30, issue 2 p118-123.