The aim of this study was to determine the influence communication has on university-industry partnerships and consequently clinical placement offers, for pre-registration nursing students.
Australia's future nurses depend on clinical placement learning opportunities offered by the health care industry, facilitated through strong university-industry partnerships. Preparing nurses who are fit for practice, purpose and academic award is a key issue for nurse education providers. Student nurses cannot learn practical skills in an authentic world setting, without quality clinical placements offered by the health care industry. Without meaningful partnerships between universities and industry, offers of clinical placement can be impacted on.
A qualitative methodology was used in this study. Analysis of the data was based on a Grounded Theory constant comparative approach. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with nine participants who self-identified as the person who made the decisions to accept or decline undergraduate nursing student clinical placements within their organisation.
Participants' explicit feedback in regards to communication as a key element to strong stakeholder relationships and clinical placement procurement, was of primary value to the results. Participants iterated there must be quality communication between the two parties, ensuring the fostering of a culture that values the other and works collaboratively, to provide quality clinical placements to pre-registration nursing students.
Maintaining strong communication within a collaborative partnership between universities and industry, will ensure quality clinical placements continue to be offered by the health care industry.