The value of role modelling: Perceptions of undergraduate and diploma nursing (adult) students.

Donaldson, Jayne H and Carter, Diana E (2005) The value of role modelling: Perceptions of undergraduate and diploma nursing (adult) students. Nurse Education Today, 5 (6). pp. 353-359. ISSN 1471-5953

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Using a grounded theory methodology, this paper demonstrates the value of role modelling in teaching and learning within the clinical area. Views of undergraduate (n=20) and diploma (n=22) nursing (adult) students were sought using individual and focus group interviews. Although the importance of role modelling is acknowledged within the literature, there appears to be little written about the value of providing role modelling within the clinical learning environment to facilitate learning for student nurses. Both groups of students stated the importance of having access to a good role model in order that they could observe and practice skills and/or behaviour. ‘Good’ role models were seen to have a tremendous influence on the clinical learning environment and on the development of students’ competence and confidence. Recommendations were made to include discussions on the value of role modelling on enhancing the clinical learning environment within mentor preparation courses. These discussions should emphasise the value of observational learning, the necessity of providing constructive feedback and the need for role models to enable the student to convert observed behaviour/skills into their own behaviour and skills set.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1471-5953
Electronic ISSN: 1873-5223
Uncontrolled Keywords: role modeling; mentor; mentorship; nurse education
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610.7 Medical education, research & nursing
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 5716
Depositing User: Dr Jayne Donaldson
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 15:07
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2016 16:22

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