Reflections on going and working rural: Student Nurses
Reflections on going and working rural: Student nurses perceptions, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about rural placement and practice.
Chief Investigator: Dr Sandra Hamilton
Co-investigators: Ms Michele Holloway, Professor Sandra Thompson, Associate Professor Rosemary Saunders, Associate Professor Helene Metcalfe
Nurses constitute a large and important part of the rural health workforce, having a more diverse role and additional responsibilities in the rural health care setting. Australian universities encourage rural clinical placements to increase rural workforce choices post-graduation. High quality education and clinical experiences during a student’s nursing degree are essential to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical and simulated knowledge to a real life setting. However there is limited evidence on nursing student’s experience of the reality of rural clinical practice and how this relates to their pre-placement expectations.