Exploring and improving student engagement in an accelerated undergraduate nursing program through a mentoring partnership: An action research study

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Bramble, Marguerite, Maxwell, Hazel, Einboden, Rochelle, Farington, Sally, Say, Richard, Beh, Chin Liang, Stankiewicz, Grace, Munro, Graham, Marembo, Esther and Rickard, Greg. (2018) Exploring and improving student engagement in an accelerated undergraduate nursing program through a mentoring partnership: An action research study. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 15(1), pp. 1 - 12. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2017-0090
AuthorsBramble, Marguerite, Maxwell, Hazel, Einboden, Rochelle, Farington, Sally, Say, Richard, Beh, Chin Liang, Stankiewicz, Grace, Munro, Graham, Marembo, Esther and Rickard, Greg
Abstract

This Participatory Action Research (PAR) project aimed to engage students from an accelerated 'fast track' nursing program in a mentoring collaboration, using an interdisciplinary partnership intervention with a group of academics. Student participants represented the disciplines of nursing and paramedicine with a high proportion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students. Nine student mentors were recruited and paired with academics for a three-month ‘mentorship partnership’ intervention. Data from two pre-intervention workshops and a post-intervention workshop were coded in NVivo11 using thematic analysis. Drawing on social inclusion theory, a qualitative analysis explored an iteration of themes across each action cycle. Emergent themes were: 1) ‘building relationships for active engagement’, 2) ‘voicing cultural and social hierarchies’, and 3) ‘enacting collegiate community’. The study offers insights into issues for contemporary accelerated course delivery with a diverse student population and highlights future strategies to foster effective student engagement.

Keywordsnursing; student engagement; social inclusion; diversity
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Journal citation15 (1), pp. 1 - 12
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
ISSN1548-923X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2017-0090
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85048126965
Page range1 - 12
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Place of publicationGermany
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