Evaluation of a clinical needs assessment and exploration of the associated supports for students with a disability in clinical practice: Part 2

Howlin, F. and Halligan, P. and O'Toole, S. (2014) Evaluation of a clinical needs assessment and exploration of the associated supports for students with a disability in clinical practice: Part 2. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (5). pp. 565-572. ISSN 1471-5953

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Abstract

Engagement and successful completion of nursing and midwifery programmes may be predicated on the identification and implementation of reasonable accommodations to facilitate clinical learning for students with a disability. This qualitative study aims to evaluate a clinical needs assessment for students with a disability and explore their experiences of support in clinical practice. A purposive sample of year one undergraduate students was used. Four students consented to participate and undertook an individual interview. Their disabilities were categorised as specific learning disability (dyslexia) (n = 3) and mental health (n = 1). Data analysis revealed two main themes 'students' experiences of disclosure' and 'receiving support'. Findings revealed that all students disclosed on placement, however, the extent of disclosure was influenced by personal and environmental factors. Students used the clinical needs assessment to highlight accommodations to clinical staff on placement. Issues of concern that arose, included communication between all key stakeholders, negative staff attitudes and the need to improve the provision of accommodations. This preliminary evaluation indicates that the Clinical Needs Assessment bridges the gap in provision of student support between higher education and healthcare institutions. Findings suggest that competence based needs assessments can identify individualised reasonable accommodations for students undertaking clinical placements. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Howlin, Frances Halligan, Phil O'Toole, Sinead
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 19:33
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 19:34
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2560

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