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Using psychodynamic small group work in nurse education: Closing the theory-practice gap?

Allan, HT (2011) Using psychodynamic small group work in nurse education: Closing the theory-practice gap? Nurse Education Today, 31 (5). 521 - 524. ISSN 0260-6917

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Abstract

This paper illustrates the role of psychodynamic small group work in integrating theory and practice for nursing students. Psychodynamic work with individual patients and small staff groups is established in some areas of medical and nursing practice although not widely used in general nursing. Clinical material which was brought to two group supervision sessions by student nurses on clinical placement is presented in this paper and discussed using a psychodynamic perspective. A critical review of psychodynamic small group work and a position paper is presented in this paper to argue that using a psychodynamic approach in nurse education may address the theory–practice gap for student nurses by allowing them to reflect on the emotional issues arising in clinical placements. The paper illustrates how supervision can assist students to integrate theory and practice. It is suggested that reflecting on feelings in small group work with student nurses with a tutor or supervisor who works psychodynamically may help students integrate their theoretical and practical learning. Understanding the theory–practice gap from a psychodynamic perspective may help nurse tutors in their personal tutor work to integrate theoretical and practical learning for students and thereby support students in providing good quality care for their patients.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Health and Social Care
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 08:27
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:46
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7326

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