Preparing work-ready nurses

reflexive learning for diverse students in the Australian vocational education and training sector

Mary Ryan*, Karleen Gwinner, Kerry Mallan, Cheryl Livock

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    Abstract

    This paper highlights a disjuncture between training frameworks designed to meet work-based competencies, and educational flexibility desirable to prepare diverse learners for fluid workplaces and roles. We describe a pilot study that explored teaching and learning practices in a vocational education and training Diploma of Nursing program. The study used qualitative approaches framed by a social view of learning as a reflexive process. Frictions emerged in how teaching and learning was fostered and how knowledge and skills were contextualised through nursing-accredited training packages. A case is made to enhance critical thinking and reflexive approaches to prepare work-ready nurse graduates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)268-285
    Number of pages18
    JournalStudies in Continuing Education
    Volume39
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2017

    Keywords

    • reflexive learning
    • critical thinking
    • VET
    • work-ready nurses
    • nurse education
    • competency-based training

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