International Practice Development Journal


Title of ArticlePerson-centredness in graduate nursing education: practice development in action
Type of ArticleCritical Reflection on Practice Development
Author/sKaren LeGrow, Karen Campbell, Nancy Elford, Krista L. McLaughlin and Alliah Over
ReferenceVolume 6, Issue 1, Article 9
Date of PublicationMay 2016
Keywordscactive learning, person-centredness, postgraduate nursing education, practice development, reflection

Background: Person-centredness is an approach that views each individual as a unique being, and is supported by the values of mutual respect and individual right to self-determination. This approach is currently a prevailing principle in policy, education and practice settings globally. The relevance of person-centredness to postgraduate student learning is immense, as new graduate nurses are expected to assume leadership and advocacy roles in healthcare environments and engage with key stakeholders in the exchange of knowledge to inform practice. The application of person-centred practices by faculty within postgraduate nursing programmes is therefore instrumental in providing students with the necessary supportive environments to acquire the skills for person-centred care.

Method: Practice development was used as a foundation for implementing innovative teaching methods for postgraduate nursing students. Nurses enrolled in the advancement of professional nursing practice seminars and practicum, participating in various active learning and critical reflection activities throughout the semester.

Implications for practice:

  • Practice development provides an innovative foundation for postgraduate nursing education
  • Educators should consider this unique and person-centred approach as an alternative to the typical pedagogical approach

This article by Karen LeGrow, Karen Campbell, Nancy Elford, Krista L. McLaughlin and Alliah Over is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License.

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