Nursing students to begin training with other health disciplines.
Nursing students (Training)
|Publication:||Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032|
|Issue:||Date: March, 2012 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||Event Code: 280 Personnel administration|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand|
Nine third-year nursing students from Eastern Institute of
Technology (EIT) will be part of Otago University's
interprofessional education (IPE) programme beginning at Gisborne
Hospital in May. Three block courses, each with a total of 10 final-year
students from nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and physiotherapy,
will run over the course of the year. In the following two years, 50
students from the five disciplines will take part in the programme.
Three third-year nursing students will be on the first block course. Head of EIT's nursing school, Rachael Vernon, said being part of the programme would be a very exciting opportunity for the students. "They will be able to experience what it might be like to work in a supportive interdisciplinary team in rural health. And there will a lot of informal learning with the other students."
Head of Otago University's primary care and general practice department, Sue Pullon, said an "effective and functional teaching team" was crucial. Part-time EIT postgraduate lecturer and Tairawhiti District Health Board staffer, Natasha Ashwood, has been appointed the programme's professional practice co-ordinator for nursing.
The University of Auckland is also offering an IPE, based at Whakatane Hospital but head of the university's nursing school Judy Kilpatrick is not an ardent supporter. "I certainly support rural immersion but, personally, I'd have difficulties sending third-year nursing students to work with sixth-year medical students. And we have very few students from rural backgrounds."
Kilpatrick is "openly advocating" for postgraduate nurses to be part of this programme. "It would be a luxury for postgraduate nursing students to have dedicated learning time in a clinical environment alongside other students. I'd rather push for the best, rather than pluck just one or two undergraduate students out and put them in the programme.
"Are you getting the full benefit of such a programme with undergraduate students? Postgraduate nurses who are clear in their professional role, could work very well with students from the other disciplines on different projects and assessments," she said.
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