Jane Walker

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405 – Students’ perceptions of a bachelor of nursing clinical fellowship
Co-authors Lauren McTier and Nicole M. Phillips

Introduction
A School of Nursing and Midwifery in Victoria, Australia has conceptualised and implemented a unique clinical programme called Clinical Fellowship Model. The aim of this research was to explore and describe student perceptions of a newly established Clinical Fellowship Model.

Background
Over twelve years the Clinical Fellowship Model has grown and the School and its partners currently offer ten different Models. All are underpinned by a world leading Bachelor of Nursing curriculum (Quacquarelli Symond Top Universities, 2015). The most recent Clinical Fellowship Model commenced in 2015, and it was important and opportune for the School of Nursing and Midwifery to investigate the newly established Clinical Fellowship Model.

Methods
This research study was conducted in 2015. An exploratory descriptive design was used and data was collected through a semi-structured focus group. All first year nursing students who had recently joined the Clinical Fellowship Model were invited to participate (n=25), 6 participated in the study.

Results
Data was analysed using Burnard’s (1991) method of analysing qualitative interviews. Five themes were identified from the thematic analysis; belonging, supportive environment, facilitation, physical environment and expectations.

Conclusion
Findings indicate that the students felt connected, nurtured and part of the team within the selected Clinical Fellowship Model. Being a member of one healthcare organisation, directly linking knowledge and skill through all aspects of learning, instilled confidence and enhanced learning for these fellowship students.

Key words: Nursing, Education; Nursing Student; Student Perceptions; Clinical Placement.