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Enabling student placement through strategic partnerships between a health-care organization and tertiary institutions

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  • AMANDA HENDERSON RN RM ICU (Cert) BSc GradDipNurs(Ed) MSc Soc PhD,

    1. Nursing Director – Education, Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Qld
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  • ALISON HEEL RN BN MIT,

    1. Staff Development Educator, Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Qld
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  • MICHELLE TWENTYMAN Dip App Nurs BN Grad Cert (ICU)

    1. Clinical Placement Co-ordinator, Nursing Practice Development Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba, Qld, Australia
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Amanda Henderson
Nursing Practice Development Unit
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Ipswich Road
Woolloongabba
Qld 4102
Australia
E-mail: amanda_henderson@health.qld.gov.au

Abstract

Nursing management needs to demonstrate its commitment to clinical education for undergraduate nursing students. The vision for the nursing leadership and management team at Princess Alexandra Hospital is to guide and support the development of hospital clinicians, at all levels in the organization, to effectively facilitate undergraduate students’ learning during their clinical practical experiences. This paper examines the evolution of the meaning, commitment and practices that have been intrinsic to the development of strategic partnerships between the health-care organization and tertiary institutions to ensure that hospital staff who consistently facilitate student learning in the clinical context are well supported. The partnerships are based on open channels of communication between the health-care organization and the tertiary institutions whereby each party identifies its needs and priorities. This has resulted in increased hospital staff satisfaction through greater involvement by them in the placements of students, and enhanced understanding of clinicians of the student placement process that has contributed to improved satisfaction and outcomes for the students.

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