Development and implementation of a clinical needs assessment to support nursing and midwifery students with a disability in clinical practice: Part 1

Howlin, Frances and Halligan, Phil and O'Toole, Sinead (2014) Development and implementation of a clinical needs assessment to support nursing and midwifery students with a disability in clinical practice: Part 1. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (5). pp. 557-564. ISSN 1471-5953

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Abstract

Equality and disability legislation, coupled with increasing numbers of students with a disability, and inadequate supports in clinical practice, acted as catalysts to explore how best to support undergraduate nursing and midwifery students on clinical placements. Historically, higher education institutions provide reasonable accommodations for theoretical rather than clinical modules for practice placements. This paper describes the development and implementation of a Clinical Needs Assessment designed to identify the necessary supports or reasonable accommodations for nursing and midwifery students with a disability undertaking work placements in clinical practice. The existing literature, and consultation with an expert panel, revealed that needs assessments should be competency based and clearly identify the core skills or elements of practice that the student must attain to achieve proficiency and competence. The five Domains of Competence, advocated by An Bord Altranais, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, formed the framework for the Clinical Needs Assessment. A panel of experts generated performance indicators to enable the identification of individualised reasonable accommodations for year 1 nursing and midwifery students in one Irish University. Development and implementation of the Clinical Needs Assessment promoted equality, inclusion and a level playing field for nursing and midwifery students with a disability in clinical practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Students with a disability; Reasonable accommodations; Support in clinical practice; Clinical needs assessment
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 19:04
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 19:11
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2559

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