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Underrepresented students on BSc nursing programmes: an exploration of the student experience

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Brien, Brid
dc.contributor.advisor Graham, Margaret M. O'Sullivan, Deirdre 2016-12-22T10:02:43Z 2016-12-22T10:02:43Z 2014
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Pre-registration nurse education has become established within higher education in Ireland. Concurrently, the Irish government commitment to widening participation in higher education impacted on the profile of students choosing to study nursing. A third of nursing students now access nurse education through routes specifically designed for those from underrepresented groups. Aim: The aim of this study is to explore the experiences of students from underrepresented groups on BSc Nursing programmes. Methodology: A qualitative descriptive study design provided an opportunity for the student voice to be heard. Ethical approval was sought and granted. A gatekeeper was invited potential students to volunteer to participate. Eleven students were interviewed near to /or on completion of a four year programme. Data analysis followed Burnard’s (1991) framework generating three themes and seven sub-themes. Findings: Taking the First Steps illustrates the beginning of students experience choosing to study nursing, starting on their path. Students continue Finding a Way to balance and survive, juggling family, part time work and the clinical learning environment through the programme. Getting Through, the final theme represents students ability to do whatever it takes to reach their goal. These findings are in keeping with literature and research. Recommendations: Enhancing early engagement between prospective students, centralised support services and faculty is recommended. Information sharing is critical, surrounding professional structures and the demanding requirements of nursing programmes. The importance of belongingness on placement emerged as important for students, critical to supporting a learner role. The study recommends further development and enhancement of individualised, enabling support structures for students. Strategies which enable students to navigate and complete the programme, become caring competent practitioners are suggested. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject nurse education en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject students en_US
dc.title Underrepresented students on BSc nursing programmes: an exploration of the student experience en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
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dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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