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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2017

Valerie Zielinski

Speaker at Nursing World Conference 2017 - Valerie Zielinski
St Laurence Training Organisations, Australia
Title : Night duty: A valid learning environment for student nurses


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.


Dr Zielinski’s career has spanned over 40 years predominately in nursing education in Australia. Her professional experience includes management and teaching in undergraduate and post graduate nursing programs and clinically working in public and private health care settings. Dr Zielinski is the author of two books, a chapter in a nursing text on critical thinking & reflective practice and has seven published papers. She successfully co-developed three post graduate programs and continued education programs for a major regional public hospital. Now in semi- retirement she is a sessional teacher, facilitator and clinical nurse for charitable organisations.