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Title: The operating room as a clinical learning environment : an exploratory study
Authors: Meyer, Rhoda 
Van Schlkwyk, Susan C. 
Prakaschandra, Dorcas Rosaley 
Keywords: Clinical learning environment;Operating room;Students' perceptions
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: 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.
Journal: Nurse education in practice 
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.
ISSN: 1471-5953
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Health Sciences)

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