Exploring the sociocultural experiences of student veterinary nurses in the clinical learning environment through the lens of situated learning theory

Holt, Susan ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1911-8300 , Mason, Jenny, Farrell, Mary, Corrigan, Richard and Warman, Sheena ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0829-2039 (2024) Exploring the sociocultural experiences of student veterinary nurses in the clinical learning environment through the lens of situated learning theory. Veterinary Record (VetRecord) .

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Background: Student veterinary nurses (SVNs) complete significant time in clinical placements and this training can have a positive or negative impact on the development of professional skills and identity.

Methods: A cross‐sectional design, using semi‐structured interviews, explored 12 SVNs' experiences of clinical placements. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to explore each individual participant's experience, prior to the identification of themes across participants' experiences.

Results: Most students reported a sense of belonging within the practice team, which fostered engagement. Clinical supervisors were considered key role models and vital support for student progress. Students reported conflict between the demands of the practice and the requirements of their student status. Some poor interpersonal interactions led to reduced confidence.

Limitations: The results may not reflect experiences of the diversity of student demographics, such as those students with protected characteristics, as described in the Equality Act 2010, who may encounter specific workplace challenges.

Conclusion: To ensure parity and positive experiences, accredited educational institutes can plan regular engagement with student feedback and support of the training practice. Training practice teams can ensure they are meeting the student's needs and fostering a positive learning environment by adhering to the RCVS Framework for Veterinary Nurse Education and Training, which will, in turn, benefit the whole team. Clinical supervisors can play a convening role in increasing belonging and participation within the clinical learning environment.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Veterinary Record (VetRecord)
Publisher: Wiley / British Veterinary Association
ISSN: 2042-7670
Departments: Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2024 20:54
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 08:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7578


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