Development of Student Nurse-Driven Tools to Assess Learning Needs and Clinical Learning Environments in Order to Establish Guiding Principles for Maintaining High Quality Clinical Education

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DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT NURSE-DRIVEN TOOLS TO ASSESS LEARNING NEEDS AND CLINICAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR MAINTAINING HIGH QUALITY CLINICAL EDUCATION ABSTRACT This paper addresses two major factors of clinical education, namely: students’ determination of their own learning needs and their perceptions of the clinical learning environment, with the end in view of developing assessment tools to help establish and maintain high quality clinical learning environments in nursing education. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted in a private setting with seven (7) undergraduate nursing students, in an attempt to gain a deep, interpretive and holistic…show more content…
Three factors were cited for the low performance— quality of the faculty, the number of students' admitted in schools and the lack of tertiary training hospitals for clinical placements or the related learning experience (Asutilla, 2008). 2. Clinical Education and Learning Needs Assessment The need for a sound and relevant nursing education curriculum underscores the importance of the Related Learning Experience (RLE) or clinical placement, which has become an integral part of nursing education. Ideally, it is the exit evaluation process that should determine how successful a clinical placement has been. The results of such a process must also, on the whole, help to identify the assessed learning needs of student nurses so that beneficial amendments or modifications can be introduced by nursing educators. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has prescribed the following RLE standards in this regard in Memorandum Order No. 30, Series of 2001, thus: “Section 2. The Related Learning Experiences (RLE) are highly selected to develop competencies utilizing the nursing process in varying health situations. The following conditions must be observed: a. There should be close correlation of theoretical knowledge to related

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