Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student supervision and education in health care settings: A state-wide survey of health care workers

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Martin, Priya, Hulme, Adam, Fallon, Tony, Kumar, Saravana, McGrail, Matthew, Argus, Geoff, Gurney, Tiana and Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas. 2023. "Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student supervision and education in health care settings: A state-wide survey of health care workers." Australian Journal of Rural Health. 31 (3), pp. 484-492. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12969
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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student supervision and education in health care settings: A state-wide survey of health care workers

ERA Journal ID13436
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMartin, Priya, Hulme, Adam, Fallon, Tony, Kumar, Saravana, McGrail, Matthew, Argus, Geoff, Gurney, Tiana and Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Journal Citation31 (3), pp. 484-492
Number of Pages9
Year2023
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1038-5282
1440-1584
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12969
Web Address (URL)https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ajr.12969
Abstract

Objective
To investigate student supervisor experiences of supervising students on clinical placements since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Background
Studies on the impact of COVID-19 on student clinical placements have focused largely on student reports and have been specific to individual professions or topic areas. There is a need to investigate student supervisor experiences. This study was conducted in Queensland (Australia) in four regional and rural public health services and four corresponding primary health networks.

Methods
The anonymous, mixed methods online survey, consisting of 35 questions, was administered to student supervisors from allied health, medicine, nursing and midwifery between May and August 2021. Numerical data were analysed descriptively using chi-square tests. Free-text comments were analysed using content analysis.

Results
Complete datasets were available for 167 respondents. Overall trends indicated perceived significant disruptions to student learning and support, plus mental health and well-being concerns for both students and supervisors. Extensive mask wearing was noted to be a barrier to building rapport, learning and teaching. Some positive impacts of the pandemic on student learning were also noted.

Conclusions
This study has highlighted the perceived impact of the pandemic on supervisors' mental health, and on the mental health, learning and work readiness of students. This study provides evidence of the pandemic impacts on student clinical placements from a supervisor point of view. Findings can assist in future-proofing clinical education and ensuring that students continue to receive learning experiences of benefit to them, meeting curriculum requirements, in the event of another pandemic.

Keywordsclinical education
ANZSRC Field of Research 20204299. Other health sciences
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Centre for Health Research
University of South Australia
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
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Eley, Robert, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley. 2009. "Barriers to use of information and computer technology by Australia's nurses: a national survey." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 18 (8), pp. 1151-1158. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02336.x
The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australia's nurses: a national survey
Eley, Robert, Fallon, Tony, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth and Hegney, Desley. 2008. "The status of training and education in information and computer technology of Australia's nurses: a national survey." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 17 (20), pp. 2758-2767. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02285.x
Analysis of breast feeding data using data mining methods
He, Hongxing, Jin, Huidong, Chen, Jie, McAullay, Damien, Li, Jiuyong and Fallon, Tony. 2006. "Analysis of breast feeding data using data mining methods." Christen, Peter, Kennedy, Paul J., Li, Jiuyong, Simoff, Simeon J. and Williams, Graham J. (ed.) 5th Australasian Conference on Data Mining and Analystics (AusDM 2006). Sydney, Australia 29 - 30 Nov 2006 Sydney, Australia.
Aged care in the future and baby boomers: shall the twain ever meet? - baby boomers and aged care
Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Price, Kay, Hegney, Desley, Abbey, Jennifer, Neville, Christine C., Oxlade, Deborah and Soar, Jeffrey. 2004. "Aged care in the future and baby boomers: shall the twain ever meet? - baby boomers and aged care." Conrick, Moya and Soar, Jeffrey (ed.) 1st Australian Aged and Community Care Informatics Conference (ACCIC'04). Brisbane, Australia 24 - 25 Aug 2004 Brunswick East, Australia.
Against all odds: a retrospective study of women who succeeded at breastfeeding despite extraordinary difficulties
Hegney, Desley, Fallon, Tony, Crepinsek, Maree, O'Brien, Maxine and Doolan, Jackie. 2005. Against all odds: a retrospective study of women who succeeded at breastfeeding despite extraordinary difficulties. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Psychological services in five South-West Queensland communities: supply and demand
Buikstra, E., Fallon, A. B. and Eley, R.. 2007. "Psychological services in five South-West Queensland communities: supply and demand." Rural and Remote Health. 7 (1), pp. 1-11.
The Toowoomba infant feeding support service project: Report on phase 1 - a longitudinal needs analysis of breastfeeding behaviours and supports in the Toowoomba region
Fallon, Anthony Bruce, O'Brien, Maxine, Plank, Ashley, Doolan, Jackie, Brodribb, Wendy, Hennessy, Jane, Laurent, Kathy and Baker, Sandra F.. 2003. The Toowoomba infant feeding support service project: Report on phase 1 - a longitudinal needs analysis of breastfeeding behaviours and supports in the Toowoomba region. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
Aged care nursing in Queensland - the nurses' view
Eley, Robert, Hegney, Desley, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Plank, Ashley and Parker, Victoria. 2007. "Aged care nursing in Queensland - the nurses' view ." Journal of Clinical Nursing. 16 (5), pp. 860-872. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01696.x
Key issues in rural health: perspectives of health service providers in Queensland
Eley, Robert, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Gorman, Don, Fahey, Paul P., Rogers-Clark, Cath and Hegney, Desley. 2006. Key issues in rural health: perspectives of health service providers in Queensland. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
A stock-take of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia
Neville, Christine C., Yuginovich, Trudy, Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Soar, Jeffrey, Boyes, Joanne and Grasby, David. 2006. A stock-take of existing aged care clinical placements for undergraduate nursing students in Australia. Toowoomba, Australia. University of Southern Queensland.
SEAM: improving the quality of palliative care in regional Toowoomba, Australia - lessons learned
Buikstra, Elizabeth, Pearce, Susanne, Hegney, Desley and Fallon, Tony. 2006. "SEAM: improving the quality of palliative care in regional Toowoomba, Australia - lessons learned ." Rural and Remote Health. 6 (1), pp. 1-10.
Lexicality and phonological similarity: a challenge for the retrieval-based account of serial recall?
Fallon, Anthony B., Mak, Eva, Tehan, Gerald and Daly, Charmaine. 2005. "Lexicality and phonological similarity: a challenge for the retrieval-based account of serial recall?" Memory. 13 (3/4), pp. 349-356. https://doi.org/10.1080/09658210344000215
The baby-friendly hospital initiative and breastfeeding duration: relating the evidence to the Australian context
Fallon, Anthony Bruce, Crepinsek, Maree, Hegney, Desley and O'Brien, Maxine. 2005. "The baby-friendly hospital initiative and breastfeeding duration: relating the evidence to the Australian context." Birth Issues. 14 (3), pp. 90-95.
The effect of strategic marketing planning practices on performance: a study of Australian private hospitals
Hopper, Tiana, Ogunmokun, Gabriel and McClymont, Hoda. 2005. "The effect of strategic marketing planning practices on performance: a study of Australian private hospitals." Shehadie, Elias (ed.) Australasian Business and Behavioural Sciences Association Conference 2005 (ABBSA 2005). Cairns, Australia 05 - 07 Aug 2005 Australia.
Strategy implementation and organizational performance: a study of private hospitals
Ogunmokun, Gabriel, Hopper, Tiana and McClymont, Hoda. 2005. "Strategy implementation and organizational performance: a study of private hospitals." Shehadie, Elias (ed.) Australasian Business and Behavioural Sciences Association Conference 2005 (ABBSA 2005). Cairns, Australia 05 - 07 Aug 2005 Australia.
Attitudes of Australian nurses to information technology in the workplace: A national survey
Eley, Robert, Soar, Jeffrey, Buikstra, Elizabeth, Fallon, Tony and Hegney, Desley. 2009. "Attitudes of Australian nurses to information technology in the workplace: A national survey." CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 27 (2), pp. 114-121. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCN.0b013e318197557e