Characteristics of nursing and allied health student placements in the Northern Territory over time (2017-2019) and placement satisfaction

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    Objective: Assess nursing and allied health student satisfaction with their remote Northern Territory integrated learning placement and consideration of future rural/remote work Describe the characteristics of these students Examine changes in student characteristics over time. Design: A cross-sectional survey of students and a review of student placement data. Setting: Northern Territory, Australia. Participants: Former students having a work integrated learning placement of more than 1 week in the Northern Territory from 2017 to 2019. Main outcome measure(s): Agreement with the statements ‘This placement has encouraged me to consider living and working in a rural or remote location after I graduate’ and ‘Overall, I was satisfied with my placement.’ The administrative record review examined student numbers, and placement length over time. Results: A total of 341 students responded to the online survey. Overall satisfaction with the placement was very high (93%), and 84% agreed/strongly agreed that the placement had encouraged them to consider working in a rural or remote setting. High-quality clinical supervision and educational resources were associated with overall placement satisfaction. Overall placement satisfaction, prior interest in working remotely and satisfaction with educational resources were associated with consideration of working remotely. The number of students having a placement increased by 29% in 2017 to 2019. The number of placement weeks also increased (35%). Conclusions: The number/placement time of nursing and allied health students has increased in the NT. Satisfaction with remote work integrated learning placements is an the important pathway to growing a local health professional workforce in remote and rural settings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)354-362
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
    Volume29
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

    Keywords

    • allied health
    • health professional training
    • remote health
    • rural health
    • workforce training

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