Placements for Learners: Assessing Capacity and Effectiveness of Clinical Sites: The PLACES Study

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The drivers of this project were improving the quality of clinical learning environments and optimizing academic-practice collaborations for nursing student practice education (also known as student placements). The research team undertook this work in collaboration with deans and directors in eight nursing education institutions and practice leaders from three health authorities in the British Columbia Lower Mainland (BCLM). These organizations support the educational preparation of the vast majority of nursing graduates in British Columbia.

The purpose of the study was to understand student practice education trends (i.e., placement volume and utilization patterns), and to explore the relationships between hours hosted, setting characteristics and quality of the clinical learning environment. Additional nursing seats were funded to defray the impending nursing shortage and our study was designed to examine some of the impact of the additional seats on practice settings. Project partners planned to use the findings to support development of high quality learning environments.

Team members

  • Leanne Currie
  • Grace Mickelson
  • Angela Wolff