The experience of Australian Bachelor of Nursing students undertaking a clinically focused, service learning placement in the Solomon Islands

Frischknecht, Sonja (2010) The experience of Australian Bachelor of Nursing students undertaking a clinically focused, service learning placement in the Solomon Islands. Honours thesis, University of Southern Queensland. (Unpublished)


International undergraduate clinical nursing placements are becoming a more accepted alternative to local clinical nursing placements, and have been identified as contributing to positive learning experiences. The purpose of this study is to explore and describe the lived experience of Australian student nurses participating in a clinically focused service-learning placement in the
Solomon Islands. It aims to capture their perception of learning whilst working in a clinical setting in a developing country.

An interpretive, phenomenological study design was used. The participants comprised seven senior Bachelor of Nursing students, studying in Sydney, Australia. Participation in the study was entirely voluntary and not linked to
grading or satisfaction of requirements needed to complete their degree course. Data was collected via both semi-structured interviews and a group presentation after participation in the placement.

After analysis, six themes describing the participants’ perceived areas of learning resulted. These were (i) collaboration; working side-by-side, (ii) emerging confidence, (iii) appreciation, (iv) adaptability and creativity, (v) ignited passion for increased faith and (vi) cultural considerations.

These areas of learning inform nursing faculty of the usefulness of an international clinical learning experience in a developing country and may guide future teaching within the subject areas of primary health care,
community health nursing and clinical subjects. These findings will inform faculty when organising future international opportunities for clinical placement and provide insight to future curriculum development.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 25070
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Thesis (Non-Research) (Honours)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Master of Nursing (Honours) thesis. Access restricted to theis thesis indefinitely, at author's request
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Supervisors: Reilly, Roslyn; Rogers Clark, Cath
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2014 04:45
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 04:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: nursing placements; international undergraduate clinical nurses; international undergraduate clinical nursing placements; Australian; Solomon Islands
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only