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Learning beyond a single field of nursing through a virtual case-based approach to pre-registration nurse education

13 October 2022
Volume 31 · Issue 18


Ensuring that pre-registration student nurses gain the richness of clinical practice to allow them to feel confident and knowledgeable to care for patients of the 21st century is often a challenge. Clinical practice challenges often mean that students will be strategic learners. This article discusses the development of a virtual case-based learning site to provide a rich experience for students to learn.

This article discusses the development of a virtual case-based learning tool that was developed at a UK higher education institution (HEI) prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was implemented to support the students' learning and enhance the knowledge gained in clinical practice. During the pandemic clinical placement opportunities were reduced for students and the case-based learning tool proved to be an invaluable tool for students to learn from.

Currently nurse education within the UK consists of four distinct separate fields of practice: adult, child, mental health and learning disabilities. Over a programme of study, a student nurse will follow a placement circuit and fulfil the required practical and theoretical components of the programme for their chosen field of study. On meeting the required standard as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2018) a student nurse can proceed onto the NMC register. Student nurses should receive the breadth of experience through undertaking multiple practice placements, caring for patients of different age ranges and illnesses and working and learning with different members of the multidisciplinary team.

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