The operating room as a clinical learning environment: An exploratory study
Van Schlkwyk, Susan C.
Prakaschandra, Dorcas Rosaley
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Copyright: 2016. Elsevier. Due to copyright restrictions, only the abstract is available. For access to the full text item, please consult the publisher's website. The definitive version of the work is published in Renewable and Nurse Education in Practice, Vol 18. Pp 60-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2016.03.005
Students undertake their clinical placement in various clinical settings for the exposure to and acqui-sition of skills related to that particular context. The operating room is a context that offers the oppor-tunity to develop critical skills related to the perioperative care of the patient. Despite numerous studies that have been undertaken in this ﬁeld, few have investigated the operating room as a clinical learning environment in the South African private healthcare context. The aim of this study was to determine nursing students' perceptions of the operating room as a clinical learning environment. An exploratory, interpretive and descriptive design generating qualitative data was utilized. Eight nursing students completed an open-ended questionnaire, and twelve nursing students participated in the focus group discussion. Four themes emerged, namely, ‘interpersonal factors’, ‘educational factors’, ‘private operating room context’, and ‘recommendations’. The opinion that the operating room offers an opportunity to gain skills unique to this context was expressed. However, despite the potential learning opportunities, the key ﬁndings of this study reveal negative perceptions of nursing students regarding learning ex-periences in the operating room. Exploration into the preparatory needs of students speciﬁc to learning outcomes before operating room placement should be considered. It will also be necessary to improve collaboration between lecturers, mentors and theatre managers.
Meyer, R.; Van Schlkwyk, S. C. and Prakaschanda, R. 2016. The operating room as a clinical learning environment: An exploratory study. Nurse Education in Practice. 18: 60-72.