Living and learning in a rural environment: A nursing student perspective

Leeanne Pront, Moira Kelton, Rebecca Munt, Alison Hutton

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    This study investigates the influences on nursing student learning who live and learn in the same rural environment. Background: A declining health workforce has been identified both globally and in Australia, the effects of which have become significantly apparent in the rural nursing sector. In support of rural educational programs the literature portrays rural clinical practice experiences as significant to student learning. However, there is little available research on what influences learning for the nursing student who studies in their own rural community. Research aims and design: The aim of this study was to understand what influences student learning in the rural clinical environment. Through a multiple case study design five nursing students and two clinical preceptors from a rural clinical venue were interviewed. The interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed to identify factors that influenced student learning outcomes. Research findings: The most significant influence on nursing student learning in the rural clinical environment was found to include the environment itself, the complex relationships unique to living and studying in a rural community along with the capacity to link theory to practice. The rural environment influences those in it, the demands placed on them, the relationships they form, the ability to promote learning and the time to teach and learn.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-285
    Number of pages5
    JournalNurse Education Today
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


    • Clinical preceptor
    • Learning
    • Nursing student
    • Relationship
    • Rural
    • Supervision


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