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Learning how to SMILE. Improving physical and mental health through nurse education and creative practice

Ward, L. and Carter, Melody (2020) Learning how to SMILE. Improving physical and mental health through nurse education and creative practice. Nurse Education in Practice, 43. Article no. 102712. ISSN 1471-5953

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The purpose of this pilot study was to explore how best to prepare and support nursing undergraduate students learning in a community/primary care setting through a Student Managed Initiatives in Lifestyle Education (SMILE) project. Further to this our intention was to evaluate the ways in which students were able to apply nursing theory to the practice of identifying and responding to the health needs of vulnerable people.
Using a collaborative approach and a qualitative method, this pilot study used focus group discussions to explore both the experiences of community participants and undergraduate nursing students.
This project found that students were able to draw on theoretical understandings and their simulated learning experiences to support their learning in a complex, non-clinical practice setting. It also illustrates the way in which community centres and other naturalistic environments where individuals and groups meet, can provide spontaneous and rewarding opportunities for nursing students to develop and apply health promoting knowledge and skills. Shaping nursing curricula with this in mind, creates the potential for nurses to make a significant contribution to improved health outcomes for vulnerable and/or marginalised people.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Student Managed Initiatives in Lifestyle Education Project, SMILE, nurse education, creative practice
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Melody Carter
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 15:27
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2021 01:00

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