Unit 1 Reflection:
What are the important aspects to consider during the initial interview with a learner?
I work in an outpatient department dealing with adult patients suffering from autoimmune conditions and I have decided to look in more detail at the important aspects needed for consideration during the initial interview with a learner, in this instance a nursing student being placed in a clinical learning environment.
What needs to be remembered is that we are dealing with the future health care professionals and therefore, it is very important to create an ideal learning environment and remember that this does just not mean the work place, but also as Price (2004) summarises, the learning environment including strategies such as discussion, evaluation and measurement, as well as resources such as protocols, journals, and case studies. We need to create an environment where the student feel welcomed, motivated, and supported by experienced mentors, who consider the student’s needs, different learning abilities, and expectations, and who also make sure the student’s previous experience is valued.
The student in clinical practice needs to be valued as a learner, team member and a person in order to continue with their learning process. C Bradbury-Jones (2011) claims that being valued is one of the most important aspects of clinical placement for students.
I believe that the most important aspect of all is that we should listen to the students themselves. This should not just mean following “procedure” and the given structure of learning, and at the initial interview we should take the time to find out what the student would find beneficial. As Ford (2010) suggests, students would prefer to have longer appropriate placements allowing them to spend more time with their mentors developing their clinical skills further. It is vitally important to have a mentor who actually chooses and wants to pass on their clinical experience and skill set, as they...