A study of students in nursing or midwifery (SIN/SIM) in North Queensland

Lindsay, David, Ahern, Tracey, McAuliffe, Marie, and Pardon, Madelyn (2022) A study of students in nursing or midwifery (SIN/SIM) in North Queensland. In: Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery Symposium Abstract Book. 110. p. 10. From: CDNM 2022: Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery Symposium, 29-30 March 2022, Twin Waters, QLD, Australia.

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Aim/Objective: To increase knowledge about SIN and SIM roles in selected NQ health facilities, and identify the relationships between students working in these roles and their respective University program. To explore how these roles consolidate or augment student learning, contribute to their professional portfolio, improve professional socialization, and increase post-graduation employment opportunities.

Methods: SINs and SIMs w ere surveyed using Qualtrics to explore their hours of work, area(s) of employment, year level within their respective university degree, and how they believed their work experience contributed to their learning and role development. Nurse Unit Managers of the wards where SINs/SIMs were employed also completed an online survey and participated in individual interviews, to ascertain their attitudes toward, and experiences with, SINs or SIMs.

Results: Sixty-eight (68) students in either SIN or SIM roles completed the online survey. Eight (8) Nurse Unit Managers were individually interviewed. The employment and deployment of SINs and SIMs across and within public and private hospitals in North Queensland appears to be highly variable. There is currently no for mal relationship between the work undertaken by students in SIN/SIM roles, and their respective University program. Student respondents indicated that time management, communication, clinical skills, socialisation and confidence were enhanced through these roles. Nurse Unit Managers indicated that SIN/SIM roles formed an important component of their workforce, however their limited scope of practice meant that they were being under utilised.

Conclusion: SIN and SIM roles provide students with important opportunities to consolidate clinical skills, become socialised in the hospital environment, and increase their likelihood of employment following graduation. If these roles are to continue, Universities and health facilities need to explore ways in which more formal structures and processes could be implemented to ensure students are supported and their work is recognised.

Item ID: 74343
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: employment, students, nursing, midwifery
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Projects and Grants: James Cook University (JCU)
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2022 01:26
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420505 Nursing workforce @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4204 Midwifery > 420499 Midwifery not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1699 Other education and training > 169999 Other education and training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200306 Midwifery @ 25%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200307 Nursing @ 25%
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