Laurie Grealish

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AIM This paper reports a study to explore nursing students' experience of learning in the clinical setting of a Dedicated Education Unit using a communities of practice framework. BACKGROUND The Bachelor of Nursing curriculum at the University of Canberra is clinically focused, recognizing the importance of learning to be a nurse in and from practice. A(More)
This study explored how first year undergraduate nursing students learn in clinical placements as part of a program informed by Wenger's (1998) social theory of learning. Forty-nine written student narrative accounts of a learning experience were analysed and three triggers for learning were identified. The first trigger is that participation (or(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES This paper aims to discuss the implementation of a 'community of practice' model of clinical teaching into four residential aged care facilities. BACKGROUND There is increasing international evidence that aged care is a burgeoning health issue, particularly in developed countries. Recruitment and retention of nurses is problematic in(More)
The transfer of nursing education into the higher education sector occurred over a 10-year period in Australia (1985-1994). Australian nurse leaders settled on a single outcome measure to be applied for all nursing graduates in the form of national competency standards. While this move enabled diversity, the lack of consistency in curriculum design has(More)
Multidisciplinary approaches to primary health care improve outcomes for individuals living with chronic conditions. However, emerging evidence suggests access to allied health professionals in Australia is problematic. This paper reports findings of a telephone survey of allied health professionals' billing practices in one urban area. The survey was(More)
BACKGROUND In Australia, the Federal government's agenda to increase clinical training places to address the forecast shortfall of nurses is driving innovation in clinical education. A student leadership model of clinical education, named the Student Nurse Led Ward model, was designed for the aged care context to provide a high number of clinical placements(More)
BACKGROUND Australia's immigration policy has generated a rich diverse cultural community of staff and patients in critical care environments. Many different cultural perspectives inform individual actions in the context of critical care, including the highly sensitive area of end of life care, with nurses feeling poorly prepared to provide culturally(More)
This article describes the findings of an empirical study on the use of foot massage as a nursing intervention in patients hospitalized with cancer. The study was developed from the earlier work of Ferrell-Torry and Glick (1992). In a sample of 87 subjects, a 10-minute foot massage (5 minutes per foot) was found to have a significant immediate effect on the(More)
Students learn about the nursing profession through experience and close association with expert practitioners. It has been found repeatedly that expert nurses as clinical teachers "coach" students to realize their full potential. The steps of coaching have been described here to provide guidelines for clinicians new to the teaching role. The activity of(More)
OBJECTIVE To obtain information about aged care services in rural New South Wales public hospitals, and to describe key operational aspects of their service delivery models. DESIGN A mixed methods design was used to combine data collected from: (i) a survey of public hospitals and (ii) qualitative site visits in a sample of eleven rural sites. SETTING(More)