Achieving collaborative workplace learning in a university critical care course

Elizabeth Manias, Robyn Aitken

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the development, implementation and evaluation of a new critical care curriculum based on the tenets of collaborative workplace learning. It also examines lecturers' and clinical educators' issues, and explores students' evaluations of the old curriculum compared with those of the new curriculum. Three data collection methods were used for this study. Comprehensive notes were maintained of the meetings conducted with lecturers, clinical educators and representative students during the development and implementation of the course. Three focus group interviews were conducted with students before the introduction of the new curriculum and three focus group interviews were conducted during first semester following implementation of the new curriculum. Quality-of-teaching surveys were also completed by two groups of critical care course students: one group before and one group following the introduction of the new curriculum. Major findings in this study included: developing a sense of ownership of the curriculum for clinical educators, clinical educators' difficulties with addressing their responsibilities, amalgamating theoretical learning with clinical practice, and tackling students' workload. This paper demonstrates the value of using the collaborative workplace learning approach in strategically addressing the challenges of developing and conducting a university critical care course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003
Externally publishedYes

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