Gail Foster

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705 – Nursing students and learning via a satellite campus in NZ – the lived experience

Introduction
The purpose of this research is to present findings from a qualitative research project conducted in 2016 on student nurses’ student engagement.

Background
Using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) as an approach, this research explores the experiences, perspectives, and views of thirteen previous student nurses who enrolled to undertake their pre-registration Bachelor of Nursing programme at a satellite campus. An overall aim was that through this understanding, directions for improvement could be provided for student engagement and success with distance education and blended learning.

Results
Following Smith, Flowers and Larkin’s (2009) IPA framework, data generated by transcription of semi-structured interviews and a focus group identifed seven main themes:

  • Motivation
  • Value of forming new and effective relationships
  • Lifeworld – learning as an adult student and negotiating competing demands
  • Burden
  • Location
  • Lifeworld – in a small group
  • Blended learning

Conclusion
Findings suggest that blended learning approaches enhance student engagement with distance education when support structures and support mechanisms are firmly established. This presentation presents ideas about how nurse educators can support students to be successful learners.

Key words: Distance education; Blended learning; satellite campus.