The number of students’ requiring clinical placement has placed demands on tertiary hospitals and education providers to look at initiatives to meet student competency and curricula requirements. Student nursing clinical practicum placements predominately occur over a weekday on a morning and afternoon shift which is not congruent with the reality of nursing practice as a continuous twenty four hour care. A qualitative replication study was jointly undertaken with a major regional hospital and education vocational provider adding evidentiary support that night duty is a highly appropriate model of professional clinical practice for the Diploma (Enrolled) nurse and. with visionary partnerships new models of clinical experience for nursing can be developed that meet today’s challenges to provide flexible models of clinical practicum. This presentation will outline the research model and the findings of the research.
Audience Take Away:
• Night duty is an appropriate shift for student clinical practicum.
• Night duty as a student clinical practicum can ease the burden on clinical settings and staff during business hours.
• The promotion of night shift to teachers and students that valuable learning occurs on night duty.
• The need to develop collaborative partnerships. • A desire and need to undertake further research.