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Nurs Open. 2015 Apr 6;2(1):36-46. eCollection 2015 Apr.

The significance of communities of practice: Norwegian nursing students' experience of clinical placement in Bangladesh.

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Faculty of Nursing Sør-Trøndelag University College Trondheim 7004 Norway.

Abstract

AIM:

The purpose of this study was to gain understanding of Norwegian students' experience of learning in clinical placement in Bangladesh without formal one-to-one supervision, by a personal mentor in the ward.

DESIGN:

Using focus group interviews with bachelor nursing students we explored the significance of 'communities of practice' in nursing practicum abroad, socialization and knowledge transfer.

METHOD:

Seven third year bachelor nursing students enrolled in a clinical placement programme in Bangladesh participated in focus group interviews prior to their departure to Bangladesh, during their stay in Bangladesh and after their return to Norway.

RESULTS:

The Students' marginality and 'peripheral participation' triggered insight and reflection. The challenging but advantageous position of the peripheral students was heightened further due to the lack of one-to-one supervision in the clinic. Their previous experience with problem based learning and group learning was an asset that made them more resilient and helped them to cope.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical placement; clinical supervision; communities of practice; legitimate peripheral participation; nurse education

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