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Pages: 5250-5256
Publication year: 2011
ISBN: 978-84-615-0441-1
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain

DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM TO ASSIST INTERNATIONAL NURSING STUDENTS TO BE PREPARED FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE IN THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CARE CONTEXT

T. Harvey, C. Robinson

Queensland University of Technology (AUSTRALIA)
Health education in Western Countries has grown considerably in the last decade and this has occurred for a number of reasons. Specifically Universities actively recruit International students as the health workforce becomes global; also it is much easier for students to move and study globally. Internationally there is a health workforce shortage and if students gain a degree in a reputable university their ability to work globally is improved significantly.
However, when studying to practice in the health care field the student must undertake clinical practice in an acute or aged care setting. This can be a significant problem for students who are culturally and linguistically diverse in an English speaking country such as Australia. The issues that can arise stem from the language differences where communication, interpretation understanding and reading the cultural norms of the health care setting are major challenges for International students.
To assist international students to be successful in their clinical education, an extra curriculum workshop program was developed to provide additional support. The program which runs twice each year includes on-campus interactive workshops that are complemented by targeted support provided for students and clinical staff who are supervising students’ practice experience in the workplace. As this is an English speaking country the workshop is based on practicing reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as exploring basic health care concepts and cultural differences. This enables students to gain knowledge of and practice interpretation of cultural norms and expectations in a safe environment. This innovative series of interactive workshops in a highly student-centered learning environment combine education with role play and discussion with peers who are supported by culturally aware and competent Educators.
Over the years it has been running, the program has been undertaken by an increasing number of students. In 2011, more than 100 students are expected to participate. Student evaluation of the program has confirmed that it has assisted the majority of them to be successful in their clinical studies.
Effectiveness of the project is measured throughout the program and in follow up sessions. This ongoing information allows for continuous development of the program that serves to meet individual needs of the International student, the University and Service providers such as the hospitals. This feedback from students regarding their increased comprehension of the Australian colloquial Language, health care terminology, critical thinking and clinical skill development and a cultural awareness also enables them to maintain their feelings of self confidence and self esteem.
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T. Harvey, C. Robinson (2011) DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM TO ASSIST INTERNATIONAL NURSING STUDENTS TO BE PREPARED FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE IN THE AUSTRALIAN HEALTH CARE CONTEXT, EDULEARN11 Proceedings, pp. 5250-5256.
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