An exploratory study of the application of biosciences in practice, and implications for pre-qualifying education

McVicar, Andrew J. and Clancy, John and Mayes, Nicola (2010) An exploratory study of the application of biosciences in practice, and implications for pre-qualifying education. Nurse Education Today. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

Reinforcement of learning in practice may help students learn bioscience but is contingent on adequate support from staff nurses. A 'snapshot' of the situation in practice was obtained (2006/7), with context from lecturers. In Stage 1, surgical care nurses were presented with scenarios and interviewed. Responses were located within proficiency standards. Further responses related to application of 'Early Warning System' (EWS) tools on the wards. In Stage 2, a questionnaire was sent to lead bioscience lecturers at English universities. Nurses identified widespread knowledge of clinical observations. Underlying factors were variably articulated, and was not correlated with years in practice or first qualification. Experience was considered most important to learning bioscience but most nurses self-rated their bioscience knowledge as weak. Lecturers anticipated bioscience understanding at registration to be equivalent to around 'A' level standard, yet most thought the actual standard was lower. EWS tools were considered useful by nurses and lecturers, but potentially de-skilling. A dichotomy in expectation and reality of bioscience learning persists. The learning environment in practice is hindered either by practitioners having poor understanding, or low confidence in what they know. Post-qualifying education will help resolve recognised difficulties in student learning of biosciences, though EWS tools may not encourage deeper learning.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: McVicar, A.J., Clancy, J. and Mayes, N., 2010. An exploratory study of the application of biosciences in practice, and implications for pre-qualifying education. Nurse Education Today, 30(7), pp.615-622..
Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Care (for research published prior to September 2011)
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 09:31
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 09:12
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/296768

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