Clinical Skills: Can I have some more?

Fiona Everett, Wendy Wright

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This poster illustrates the enhancement of the student experience through the availability and provision of additional clinical skills sessions on undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes.

Following reflection and completion of clinical skills module evaluations it became apparent from the qualitative data that students would welcome additional time in order to practise the clinical skills taught. University of the
West of Scotland has always provided access to appropriate equipment and additional support for practise. An evaluation of the uptake of this additional resource was therefore undertaken from September 2011 to January 2012.

All nursing students in the undergraduate programme have access to appropriate equipment and nurse technician and/or lecturer support. All students requesting additional time and/or support to practise were asked to complete a short questionnaire.

The sample group comprised all pre-registration nursing, midwifery and MSc students (during the time frame September 2011-January 2012; n= 450) who accessed additional support (n=89).

A questionnaire was utilised in order to identify student uptake and responses.

Student uptake was only 19% but was evenly spread throughout each year of the programme: year one students (n=32) utilised the additional support for exam and pre-placement preparation; year two students (n= 6) adult nurses; midwifery students (n=16) utilised additional support for similar reasons with respect to the midwives. The year two adult nurses did not provide any justification for additional support. Year three students (n= 28) utilised
additional support for the same reasons as the other students. MSc students (n=7) utilised the additional support to build confidence and pre-placement preparation.

This evaluation has highlighted the need for further investigation in order to ascertain the reasons for low uptake of additional support despite consistent requests identified from qualitative data in skills module evaluations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event23rd International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference - Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Sept 20126 Sept 2012


Conference23rd International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference
Abbreviated titleNET2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • clinical skills
  • resources
  • evaluation
  • support


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