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The influence of an undergraduate problem/context based learning program on evolving professional nursing graduate practice.

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  • Graduates' perception of the value of their undergraduate program is a critical component of professional program evaluation and contributes a viewpoint rarely reported in the literature. It has been proposed that Problem Based Learning (PBL) enhances knowledge acquisition, clinical competency and professionalism as a consequence of students assuming the role of registered nurse as they work through real practice situations on a daily basis in the classroom. The purpose of this study was to determine how PBL graduates describe the contribution of the educational experience to their professional practice as nurses. Using focused ethnography, PBL graduates (N = 45) participated in the study as individuals or through focus group discussions. Graduates described themselves as: self aware and self directed critical thinkers, patient advocates able to engage in evidence based holistic practice and interdisciplinary team members able to take on leadership roles and handle conflict.

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    2012
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    Article (Published)
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3J09W564
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    © 2012 Elsevier. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Williams, B., Spiers, J.A., Fisk, A., Richard, E., Gibson, B., Kabotoff, W., McIlwraith, D., Sculley, A. The influence of an undergraduate problem/context based learning program on evolving professional nursing graduate practice. Nurse Education Today 32.4 (2012), 417-421.