Veterinary nursing students’ experience in the clinical learning environment and factors affecting their perception

Holt, Susan L. ORCID logo ORCID: , Farrell, Mary and Corrigan, Richard (2024) Veterinary nursing students’ experience in the clinical learning environment and factors affecting their perception. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 51 (3). pp. 357-368.

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Student veterinary nurses (SVNs) spend a significant proportion of their training time within the clinical learning environment (CLE) of a veterinary practice. These clinical experiences are vital for building practical and professional skills. To evaluate the current satisfaction of SVNs in the CLE, a cross-sectional survey design was used incorporating a previously validated instrument. To provide understanding of factors that may affect the SVN satisfaction, additional validated tools were added across factors, including resilience, wellbeing, personality, and work place belonging. A total of 171 SVNs completed the survey. In addition, two open questions were included to provide greater depth of understanding of the SVN experiences. Results showed that 70.76% of respondents were satisfied/very satisfied with the CLE. Significant factors that affected the satisfaction scores included, depression, anxiety, and stress ( p ≤ .001), psychological sense of organizational membership ( p ≤ .001), agreeableness ( p = .022), and emotional stability ( p = .012). The qualitative data demonstrated shared SVN factors that are considered to contribute to clinical learning and those that detract from clinical learning. Educational facilities and training veterinary practices can support the SVN within the CLE by creating a greater sense of belonging, considering the SVN individual personality and wellbeing, and including the SVN in discussions around learning support needs.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISSN: 0748-321X
Departments: Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: Mary Farrell, Lecturer, Zoology, University of Cumbria, UK. Richard H. Corrigan, Lecturer, Psychology and Counselling, University of Cumbria, UK.
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Date Deposited: 01 May 2023 08:47
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2024 16:30


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