Assistant grade nurses and nursing students: a diary study

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Abstract

Background
Little is known about the role of the assistant grade nurse in the clinical development of pre-registration nursing students during their practice placements; even less is known about this relationship in the mental health field.
Aim
To explore the relationship between assistant grade nurses and mental health nursing students.
Methods
Using a phenomenological approach, diaries of nine participants – three nursing students, three assistant grade nurses and three mentors – helped to inform semi-structured interviews. The data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis.
Findings
Students recognised that a substantial percentage of their practice was supervised by assistant grade nurses. There was also a clear connection between assistant grade nurse supervision and the delivery of direct care.
Conclusion
This study has confirmed the existence of a more extensive educational relationship between assistant grade nurses and mental health nursing students than had previously been recognised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalMental Health Practice
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2017

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Keywords

  • nurse
  • clinical development
  • placement
  • mental health

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