An evaluation of an interprofessional master's level programme in children's palliative care. Part 1 the students' evaluation of the programme.
Local subject classificationINTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
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CitationNicholl, H., Price, J., Tracey, C., An evaluation of an interprofessional Master’s level programme in Children’s Palliative Care. Part 1 The Students’ Evaluation of the Programme, Nurse Education in Practice (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.03.007.
JournalNurse education in practice
AbstractIn 2010/12 an innovative children's palliative care interprofessional educational project funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation was undertaken in a University faculty (Trinity College Dublin). This initiative responded to international educational recommendations to meet the palliative care needs of children. The project involved the development and delivery of 3 standalone modules at Master's level and a substantive research evaluation of the project to examine stakeholders and students perspectives to provide an insight into their experiences and to gather data for future developments. The research evaluation was conducted in two parts, part one sought students' evaluation and part two sought stakeholders', curriculum developers and lecturers' feedback. This paper reports the students' evaluation. Findings indicate that students perceived undertaking the modules provided them with the opportunity for improved interprofessional learning and they found modular content and assessment challenging. They also found the modules met their educational needs and also promoted an awareness of interprofessional education and the collaborative teamwork involved in children's palliative care. These students already experienced in children's palliative care indicated that those teaching on programmes at this level need expertise and programme time needs to be available for sharing experiences and for consolidation of learning.