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Learning opportunities in a residential aged care facility: the role of supported placements for first-year nursing students


Lea, Emma, Marlow, Annette, Bramble, Marguerite, Andrews, Sharon, Crisp, Elaine, Eccleston, Claire, Mason, Ron, Robinson, Andrew


The Journal Of Nursing Education, Volume: 53, No.: 7, Pages.: 410-414

Year of Publication



The residential aged care sector is reportedly a less attractive career choice for nursing students than other sectors. Research shows that students are often fearful of working with residents with dementia when they are inadequately supported on clinical placements by aged care staff. Thirty first-year nursing students attended a 2-week placement in one of two Tasmanian aged care facilities as part of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre Teaching Aged Care Facilities Program, which aims to provide students with a quality aged care placement focusing on dementia palliation. Placement experience and dementia knowledge were evaluated through preplacement and postplacement questionnaires and weekly feedback meetings with mentors and students. Students had more positive attitudes related to aged care and higher dementia knowledge at the end of placement. Students described their interactions with residents with dementia and thought that the placement had increased their capacity to provide quality care to these residents. The findings indicate that residential aged care placements can be productive learning environments for novice nursing students.; Copyright 2014, SLACK Incorporated.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Lea_2014, doi = {10.3928/01484834-20140620-02}, url = {}, year = 2014, month = {jun}, publisher = {{SLACK}, Inc.}, volume = {53}, number = {7}, pages = {410--414}, author = {Emma Lea and Annette Marlow and Marguerite Bramble and Sharon Andrews and Elaine Crisp and Claire Eccleston and Ron Mason and Andrew Robinson}, title = {Learning Opportunities in a Residential Aged Care Facility: The Role of Supported Placements for First-Year Nursing Students}, journal = {Journal of Nursing Education} }


adolescent, adult, aged, attitude of health personnel, attitudes, australia, dementia, education, education nursing baccalaureate, female, geriatric nursing, homes for the aged, humans, learning, male, methods, middle aged, nursing, nursing education research, nursing evaluation research, nursing homes, nursing methodology research, psychology, staff, statistics & numerical data, students nursing, young adult

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes



Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Workforce oriented interventions

Workforce Interventions

Student training