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Nurse Educ Pract. 2010 Nov;10(6):355-60. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2010.05.003.

A tailored program of support for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) nursing students in a graduate entry Masters of Nursing course: A qualitative evaluation of outcomes.

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Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, 88 Mallet Street, Sydney, Australia.


This paper aims to firstly explain why a support program is necessary and describe briefly the support program for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) nursing students enrolled in a two year accelerated Master of Nursing program at the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Sydney. Secondly, it aims to address the underpinning pedagogical approach to delivery of the program and finally this paper reports the findings of a qualitative evaluation of the program. The program was introduced in semester 1, 2008 and aimed to facilitate improved student satisfaction by addressing the academic, communication and relational challenges identified as having a significant impact on both CALD students' academic achievement and their performance on clinical placement. Teaching and support strategies included interactive delivery, activities in small groups and the use of video clips, reflective feedback sessions, and open discussions. An evaluation, based on 13 semi-structured interviews explored the consequences of the program on student satisfaction and to determine whether the student learning experience had been enhanced.

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