Nurse educators' suggestions for a digital educational resource suitable for undergraduate student nurses' placement studies: Qualitative empirical research
Aims: To explore and describe nurse educators' suggestions regarding a digital educational resource addressing quality in placement studies for first-year student nurses in nursing homes. Design: A qualitative, explorative, and descriptive research design. Methods: Focus group interviews with eight nurse educators and individual interviews with six nurse educators. The interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim; subsequently, data were analysed in lines with content analysis as described by Graneheim and Lundman. Results: The analysis revealed three main categories: ‘Suggestions for a digital educational resource to strengthen and support nurse educators’ role in follow-up students', ‘Suggestions for a digital educational resource to complement and support interaction between stakeholders in placement’, and ‘Suggestions for a digital educational resource to facilitate student nurses' learning processes’. The categories were captured by the overarching theme, ‘A digital educational resource facilitating interaction between stakeholders and students' learning processes. Conclusion: This study revealed nurse educators' suggestions regarding design elements, content, and use of a digital educational resource addressing placement studies for first-year student nurses' in nursing homes. Implications for the profession and/or patient care: Nurse educators should be involved in designing, developing, and implementing digital educational resources aiming to support student learning in nursing education placement studies. Impact: This study explored nurse educators' suggestions for a digital educational resource. They suggested a digital educational resource to strengthen and support their role, support interaction between stakeholders, and facilitate student nurses' learning processes. Further, they suggested a digital educational resource to be used as a supplement rather than as a replacement for nurse educators' physical presence in placements. Reporting method: The Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research reporting guidelines were used. No Patient or Public Contribution.
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