The educational and practice tensions in preparing pre-registration nurses to become future health promoters : a small scale explorative study

Holt, M and Warne, T 2007, 'The educational and practice tensions in preparing pre-registration nurses to become future health promoters : a small scale explorative study' , Nurse Education in Practice, 7 (6) , pp. 373-380.

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Abstract

Over the past three decades health policy within the United Kingdom (UK) has consistently acknowledged the potential for nurses to contribute to the health of individuals and communities. The educational curricular of pre and post registration nursing programmes has responded to such health policies by placing greater emphasis on the role of the nurse in health promotion and ill health prevention. Aim This paper explores how pre-registration student nurses in one university experience the impact of these factors on their preparation for practice. Design This small scale explorative study used a convenience sample of second year pre-registration student nurses (n =100) studying at one university. Data were collected via four focus groups, and from student evaluations of practice placement experiences and self-reported learning outcomes relating to health promotion practice. Findings The findings suggest a dichotomy between what is espoused in the underpinning theory of the curriculum and what the student nurses actually experience in practice. It highlights some of the difficulties that student nurses have in effecting the professional and policy objectives and argues if nurses are to turn health promotion rhetoric into reality then health promotion practice needs to be more effectively actualised.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 14715953 **History: issue date 30-11-2007; accepted 12-11-2006
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education in Practice
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1471-5953
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Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2020 08:28
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2020 08:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58452

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