Background: The role of the paramedic has changed significantly over the last 10 years. In order for paramedic students to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively manage the increasing complexity of patient presentations a wide range of placement opportunities are required to support learning. Objective: To explore first year student paramedic experiences of non-ambulance placements. Design: A qualitative study. Methods: Semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis was used to explore first year student paramedic's experiences of non-ambulance placements. The study took place in one higher education institution in England, UK. Results: Thirty-three first year BSc (hons) Paramedic Science students agreed to be interviewed. All the students had undertaken at least one non-ambulance placement within a hospital setting. Four key themes that emerged from the transcripts, Expectations, The Patient Journey, Communication and Mentorship. Conclusion: In order to prepare students for the future, to deliver quality care and to improve patient outcomes a variety of educational opportunities is crucial. There remains work to be done supporting clinical mentors, tearing down barriers between professional groups and exploring our similarities and strengths.
Credland, N., Rodgers, A., Hurwood, M., & McKenzie, J. (2020). Student paramedic perceptions of a non-ambulance practice learning experience. Nurse education today, 88, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104374