Day 1 : Poster Presentations (Theme: Curricular Innovations)

Event Title

Maximizing the clinical experience for nursing students during a pediatric course in HEC/PNC Baccalaureate curriculum in Pakistan: lessons learnt

Location

Auditorium Pond Side

Start Date

26-1-2013 10:30 AM

Abstract

Background: Pakistan has a rising child mortality and morbidity. In order to meet the health care needs of the nation nursing as part of the health professions has an integral role to perform. Profound changes in nursing practice call for equally profound changes in education of nurses and preparation of nurses . Nursing education’s opportunity and responsibility extends to the curriculum and pedagogy, particularly in integrating clinical and classroom learning. The Aga Khan University offers Pediatrics in the third year of the four year baccalaureate program. It has both a classroom and clinical component. As this is the only course in the baccalaureate curriculum where students will be exposed to pediatrics’ the teachers are increasingly look for opportunities to integrate and enhance theory and practice

Methods: This presentation will review the theoretical and clinical components of the Pediatric course as prescribed by the HEC/PNC curriculum with an emphasis on the clinical component of the course. The paper will also discuss partnerships and networks which have been formed with various organizations in the process.

Results: The presentation will focus on how the faculties have utilized a maximum of placements both in the hospital and community to provide an enriched experience to the nursing students. The students have encountered a number of clinical sites. Exposure to vulnerable populations as well as Day Care Centers, SOS Villages and boarding Schools and handicapped home were part of the clinical experience

Conclusions: The recommendations will be made to HEC/PNC in the national curriculum review meeting to revitalize the Pediatric clinical placements by including community placements. In addition, Pediatric curriculum could be improved by involving students in lab based simulation exercises.

Key words: Baccalaureate nursing, community, clinical placements, Pediatrics, partnerships

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Maximizing the clinical experience for nursing students during a pediatric course in HEC/PNC Baccalaureate curriculum in Pakistan: lessons learnt

Auditorium Pond Side

Background: Pakistan has a rising child mortality and morbidity. In order to meet the health care needs of the nation nursing as part of the health professions has an integral role to perform. Profound changes in nursing practice call for equally profound changes in education of nurses and preparation of nurses . Nursing education’s opportunity and responsibility extends to the curriculum and pedagogy, particularly in integrating clinical and classroom learning. The Aga Khan University offers Pediatrics in the third year of the four year baccalaureate program. It has both a classroom and clinical component. As this is the only course in the baccalaureate curriculum where students will be exposed to pediatrics’ the teachers are increasingly look for opportunities to integrate and enhance theory and practice

Methods: This presentation will review the theoretical and clinical components of the Pediatric course as prescribed by the HEC/PNC curriculum with an emphasis on the clinical component of the course. The paper will also discuss partnerships and networks which have been formed with various organizations in the process.

Results: The presentation will focus on how the faculties have utilized a maximum of placements both in the hospital and community to provide an enriched experience to the nursing students. The students have encountered a number of clinical sites. Exposure to vulnerable populations as well as Day Care Centers, SOS Villages and boarding Schools and handicapped home were part of the clinical experience

Conclusions: The recommendations will be made to HEC/PNC in the national curriculum review meeting to revitalize the Pediatric clinical placements by including community placements. In addition, Pediatric curriculum could be improved by involving students in lab based simulation exercises.

Key words: Baccalaureate nursing, community, clinical placements, Pediatrics, partnerships