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Title: The professional socialisation of Project 2000 student nurses : a longitudinal qualitative investigation into the effect(s) of supernumerary status and mentorship on student nurses
Author: Gray, Morag A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3513 412X
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1997
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The aim of this three year longitudinal qualitative study was to explore the effect(s) of supernumerary status and mentorship on students undertaking a Higher Education Diploma in Nursing course. A purposive sample of seventeen students was used. Ten students volunteered to be interviewed throughout their course and to keep a diary to record their experiences of mentorship during their practice placements. Each of the ten students agreed to a tape-recorded in-depth interview on five occasions during their course. Students brought their diary to their interviews to act as an aide memoir, A further seven students volunteered to participate by diary-only. These students kept written accounts of their experiences of being supernumerary and having a mentor whilst on their practice placements. Data were analysed with the aid of NUD.IST and subjected to the constant comparative method of grounded theory until themes and categories emerged. Literature was used to support or refute emerging themes and categories, which were subsequently interwoven into the findings to support, illuminate or contradict findings where appropriate. The categories of anticipation of the first practice placement; reality dawns; becoming a branch student, total surrender of supernumerary status; and the end is nigh were used to present a unique account of the process of professional socialisation from the perspective of students undergoing the HE Diploma in Nursing course. Apart from professional socialisation of HE Diploma in Nursing students, a number of other areas have been highlighted in this study that have not been reported elsewhere. These were the development of intuition in third year HE Diploma in Nursing students, and what constitutes good mentoring from the students' perspective with the incorporation of a time dimension Findings were submitted to member and outside validation and credibility of the findings was established.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Education & training