An analysis of the influences on the moving and handling practice of diploma student nurses within a medical environment

Abbott, Michael John (2002) An analysis of the influences on the moving and handling practice of diploma student nurses within a medical environment. MRes thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Anecdotal evidence indicates that in clinical practice diploma student nurses encounter M&H practices that do not always reflect those taught in training and that these influence their own practice. There is little available research evidence that identifies the factors that influence students moving and handling.

The aim of the study was to explore the factors influencing the moving and handling practice of student nurses in the practice setting. 24 diploma in nursing students from one centre of a school of nursing participated in the qualitative study. Data was obtained using semi-structured interviews and non-participant observation.

The students moving and handling practice was subject to a large number of influences of which the most influential were those of service staff and the associated M&H norms of the clinical area. In the face of experienced staff students felt inferior and powerless and in order to 'fit in' failed to confront established moving and handling norms.

Students felt their moving and handling training unrepresentative of clinical practice and were little influenced by it. The predominant influence was the clinical staff's practice of moving and handling.

Pre- and post-registration moving and handling training needs to be standardised, integrated and for students should be taught in a way that enables them to apply their learning in the practice setting.

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Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (MRes)
Supervisors: Allcock, N.J.
Subjects: W Medicine and related subjects (NLM Classification) > WY Nursing
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Item ID: 10359
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 16:17

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