Australian RN students are required to complete a minimum of 800 hours of supervised clinical placement throughout the course of their Bachelor of Nursing (BN) and can undertake these placements in a number of nursing settings.
It is asserted that within these placements students will learn skills and knowledge which they will then implement in their future nursing practice as a RN.
Clinical placements are crucial to producing ‘work ready’ graduates with placements purported to provide a realistic sense of the hours of nursing, improvements in time management and opportunities to understand what skills are required of a nurse. Once learned, this knowledge needs to be transferred.
Within nursing, knowledge transfer is understood as evidence based knowledge being applied to create evidence based nursing practice. Knowledge is commonly transferred from research and learning environments (the classroom or clinical placement) into clinical practice.