What students, carers and children can learn from family placements
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What students, carers and children can learn from family placements

Janet Finlayson Senior research fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University
Chris Darbyshire Senior lecturer in learning disability nursing, Glasgow Caledonian University

Janet Finlayson and Chris Darbyshire review the experiences of learning disability nursing students placed with the families of service users

The literature on learning disability nurse education stresses the importance of nursing students taking up learning opportunities with service users and family carers, yet the benefits of such placements are rarely evaluated. This study evaluates a family placement scheme for learning disability nursing students in a Scottish university in which questionnaires were completed by 54 students who had or had not chosen to complete family placements. Results show that the placements instil in students a deeper, more sensitive understanding of the lives of children with learning disabilities and their families, and promote partnerships between family carers and future learning disability nurses.

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 4,19-26. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.4.19.e1614

Correspondence

janet.finlayson@gcu.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 November 2014

Accepted: 04 February 2015