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n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - Abused women's shelter as a clinical learning setting

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1682-5055

Abstract

Family violence is one of the major public health problems in South Africa and worldwide (WHO 2002). However, it is not yet viewed as an important curricular topic in nursing education to warrant dedicated clinical teaching and learning. Where it is addressed in the curriculum, it is usually at theoretical level, with few or no opportunities for clinical learning experiences.


This descriptive qualitative case study was conducted to describe how family violence was integrated into the undergraduate nursing curriculum by using a shelter as a clinical learning setting.
Participant observation, document review and interviews were used as data collection methods. The following themes were identified from data analysis: commitment to partnerships between the nursing school and the shelter, commitment to service learning, provision of a conducive climate for learning, enabling students to learn how to deal with role conflict, sharing of students' personal experiences of intimate partner violence or family violence, learning to deal with prejudicial attitudes and refraining from blaming battered women.
The findings were organised into the following two major themes:
  1. Those related to the clinical learning experiences gained by the undergraduate student nurses at the shelter for abused women, such as: learning to deal with role conflict, learning through sharing of their own personal experiences of intimate partner violence or family violence, learning to deal with prejudicial attitudes and learning to refrain from blaming battered women for their circumstances.
  2. Those related to the nature of the partnership between the shelter as a clinical learning setting and the university, such as: commitment to partnerships between school and shelter, commitment to service learning and the creation of a climate conducive to learning.

The findings of this study highlighted the usefulness of the shelter for battered women as a clinical learning setting for students to learn about nursing interventions related .

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