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Title: Learning through reflection: enhancing nursing student experiences of primary health care (PHC) placement
Authors: Ho, LYW 
Pang, PCP 
Yeung, JSP 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning, 10-12 January, 2019, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, p. 24-30
Abstract: Nursing students' experience in the primary health care (PHC) placement in the community is important but PHC placement in gerontology through the service-learning approach has not been extensively studied. This study aimed to explore students’ experiences of the PHC placement and the impacts of the placement on their learning. An exploratory qualitative design was employed. Thirty-three pre-registration nursing students joined this study. Eight themes were identified, including: 1) enhancing knowledge, communication, health assessment and health promotion skills; 2) encountering various challenges in PHC; 3) various strategies to enhance the success of health promotion; 4) students’ strategies for better preparation for the PHC; 5) developing a sense of belonging to the nursing profession; 6) developing characteristics of a nurse; 7) broadening students’ horizon in community nursing; and 8) suggestions for improving PHC. The PHC placement, which echoed the service-learning approach, provided positive learning experiences for nursing students. This study provides insight how to further improve the PHC placement to facilitate students’ learning.
Keywords: Community-dwelling older adults
Nursing students
Primary health care
Publisher: ICSL 2019
Rights: ©2019 The 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL)
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