Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others and is seen as an important quality for clinical nurse leaders (American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2013). Many nursing students today spend minimal time on campus because of competing commitments of work and family life. The Professional Edge Program was developed as a mechanism to formally recognise voluntary contribution (minimum 30hours over three years) of undergraduate Nursing & Midwifery students over their enrolment in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Flinders University in Australia. Over the three years students are provided with structured opportunities to contribute to the School community. These opportunities include but are not limited to: Assisting in School orientation, open day and career night activities Participating in research activities assisting higher degree students within the School such as survey tool and focus group trials Assisting as a 'standardised patient' Being the student representative on School committees Providing clinical mentorship to second year students during placement Mentoring commencing students Tutoring students in an area of strength Helping students gain confidence in Library or computer use School promotional media activities Giving feedback on new FLO or School websites. In the final semester of their studies students can apply to the program coordinator and receive their Professional Edge Program certificate of completion outlining their contribution and the total hours volunteered. The certificate is then submitted with the students’ documentation when applying for positions as registered nurse graduates. Anecdotal positive feedback from students involved in the program indicates they enjoyed the program and appreciated receiving formal acknowledgement from the School for their contribution to the life of the School. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2013). Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice (NETNEP) 6th International Nurse Education Conference - Brisbane, Australia|
Duration: 3 Apr 2016 → …
|Conference||Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice (NETNEP) 6th International Nurse Education Conference|
|Period||3/04/16 → …|
- Nursing students
- Midwifery students
- nurse graduates
Button, E. (2016). The Professional Edge Program: Promoting Altruism in Nursing and Midwifery Students. Abstract from Nurse Education Today and Nurse Education in Practice (NETNEP) 6th International Nurse Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.