Action research project: Open access
MA Higher Education Leadership
In my action research study, I have looked closely at my transition into the role of the clinical placement coordinator for the nurse practitioner programs at the University of San Diego (USD). A role that is traditionally filled by clinical experts has been occupied by a student service professional and this study begins to provide solutions and strategies for navigating the role as an outsider of the nursing field. I have focused on challenges for identifying and retaining quality, appropriate community providers, referred to as preceptors, to volunteer as mentors to the students. I have also reintroduced myself as a valuable resource for advising and mentoring as an internal administrator. Using Coghlan and Brannick’s action research methods, I have sought out feedback from current students and preceptors to take the study through three cycles of reflection and change implementation. I used this knowledge gathering to identify ways to improve the levels of self-efficacy in student clinical experiences. I expect that students will enter clinical sites with a greater level of empowerment and will create a better mentoring experience for both themselves and these community providers.
Digital USD Citation
Wright, Amy C., "Cultivating Community Relations and Fostering Student Self-Efficacy with an Improved Clinical Placement Process" (2018). M.A. in Higher Education Leadership: Action Research Projects. 8.