Implementing service improvement projects within pre-registration nursing education: A multi-method case study evaluation

Baillie, Lesley and Bromley, Barbara and Walker, Moira and Jones, Rebecca and Mhlanga, Fortune (2014) Implementing service improvement projects within pre-registration nursing education: A multi-method case study evaluation. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (1). pp. 62-68. ISSN 1471-5953

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Abstract

Background Preparing healthcare students for quality and service improvement is important internationally. A United Kingdom (UK) initiative aims to embed service improvement in pre-registration education. A UK university implemented service improvement teaching for all nursing students. In addition, the degree pathway students conducted service improvement projects as the basis for their dissertations. Aim The study aimed to evaluate the implementation of service improvement projects within a pre-registration nursing curriculum. Method A multi-method case study was conducted, using student questionnaires, focus groups with students and academic staff, and observation of action learning sets. Questionnaire data were analysed using SPSS v19. Qualitative data were analysed using Ritchie and Spencer's (1994)) Framework Approach. Results Students were very positive about service improvement. The degree students, who conducted service improvement projects in practice, felt more knowledgeable than advanced diploma students. Selecting the project focus was a key issue and students encountered some challenges in practice. Support for student service improvement projects came from action learning sets, placement staff, and academic staff. Conclusion Service improvement projects had a positive effect on students' learning. An effective partnership between the university and partner healthcare organisations, and support for students in practice, is essential.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Service improvement projects; Student nurses; Evaluation; Clinical practice; Dissertation
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 15:48
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5108

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