‘Show us you know us’: using the Senses Framework to support the professional development of undergraduate nursing students

Nicky Andrew, Yvonne Robb, Dorothy Ferguson, Jayne Brown

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Abstract

As students, fledgling nurses need to feel they belong to a community of academics, peers and mentors who value their contribution to learning and knowledge. Creating a sense of community allows students to experience academic and practice integration at the beginning of their professional journey, recognising that positive learning experiences at an early stage of professional maturation can shape lifelong attitudes to learning and discovery. The Senses Framework has been used to develop supportive working in relation to older adults; it also has resonance for the development of undergraduate nurses. This article focuses on the student experience, exploring the potential for the Senses Framework to underpin a learning community, promoting collaboration and acknowledging the emotional, academic and professional work that is now essential for the preparation of registered nurse in the 21st Century.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • student experience
  • nursing education
  • Senses Framework
  • communities of practice

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