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Theory-practice integration in selected clinical situations

M Davhana-Maselesele, J E Tjallinks, MS Norval
Curationis | Vol 24, No 4 | a867 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v24i4.867 | © 2001 M Davhana-Maselesele, J E Tjallinks, MS Norval | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2001 | Published: 28 September 2001

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M Davhana-Maselesele, School of Health Sciences, University of venda for Science and Technology, South Africa
J E Tjallinks, Advanced nursing cciences, Unisa, South Africa
MS Norval, Advanced nursing sciences, Unisa, South Africa

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Abstract

The current changes in health care systems challenge knowledgeable, mature and independent practitioners to integrate theoretical content with practice. The aim of this study was to investigate the problems of integrating theory with practice in selected clinical nursing situations. The study focused on rendering of family planning services to clients as a component of Community Nursing Science.
Structured observation schedules were used to observe the theoretical content of the curriculum as well as the practical application of what has been taught in the clinical area.
The findings of the study revealed that there was a need for an integrated holistic curriculum, which would address the needs of the community. It was concluded that a problem-based and community-based curriculum, intersectoral collaboration between college and hospital managements and student involvement in all processes of teaching and learning would improve the integration of theory and practice. There also appeared to be a need for tutors to be more involved in clinical teaching and accompaniment.

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