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Contribution of unit managers to the training of student nurses in the Cape Peninsula

R. Troskie, S.N. Guwa, S.W. Booyens
Curationis | Vol 21, No 4 | a674 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v21i4.674 | © 1998 R. Troskie, S.N. Guwa, S.W. Booyens | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1998 | Published: 27 September 1998

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R. Troskie, Unisa, South Africa
S.N. Guwa, University of South Africa, South Africa
S.W. Booyens, Unisa, South Africa

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Abstract

The article is based on research conducted over the period 1993 to 1996 in the Cape Peninsula. The purpose of the study was to determine the contribution of unit managers towards the training of student nurses coming to their units for clinical practice. The sample consisted of student nurses training in the four nursing colleges in the Cape Peninsula, and the unit managers working in the health services accommodating students for clinical practice in the same area. The findings revealed that the majority of unit managers were teaching students whenever they had the opportunity. Generally unit managers were prepared for their teaching function, but many students were not satisfied with some clinical learning opportunities presented to them, for example drawing up patient care plans, discussing patients’ treatment plans when handing over report, giving assistance regarding care decisions and lending support when students are confronted with patient care problems. There appears to be a need to educate unit managers regarding these and other aspects of the students’ training programme.

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