Roger Watson, Editor
The purpose of this study by Jørgensen and Hadders (2015) titled: 'The significance of communities of practice: Norwegian nursing students’ experience of clinical placement in Bangladesh' was to gain understanding of Norwegian students’ experience of learning in clinical placement in Bangladesh without formal one to one supervision, by a personal mentor in the ward. Seven third year bachelor nursing students enrolled in a clinical placement programme in Bangladesh participated in focus group interviews prior to their departure to Bangladesh, during their stay in Bangladesh and after their return to Norway.
The first interview was conducted a few days before students’ travel to Bangladesh. Prior to departure, the students expressed their anticipations about how they expected to be received by the Bangladeshi nurses and how they expected to achieve their learning objectives during their clinical placement. The second interview was conducted in Bangladesh when the students were about midway through their clinical placement. Despite the challenges, overall students evaluated their learning outcomes as satisfactory, professionally as well as personally. They considered their obtained knowledge relevant and transferable to the Norwegian nursing context.
In the words of the authors: 'Additional data are needed and follow-up interviews would provide more depth to the understanding of how nursing students reintegrate in Norway. An exploration of how nursing students cope with reintegration coming home and how they managed to incorporate their insights from a clinical placement abroad in their professional nursing practice in Norway needs to be investigated further in a future study.'
Jørgensen W, Hadders H (2015) The significance of communities of practice: Norwegian nursing students’ experience of clinical placement in Bangladesh Nursing Open doi: 10.1002/nop2.15