Development of a digital storytelling resource to support children’s nursing students in neonatal care
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Development of a digital storytelling resource to support children’s nursing students in neonatal care

Julia Petty Senior lecturer, Children’s nursing, school of health and social work, University of Hertfordshire, England
Richard Treves , Open University, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

A digital storytelling resource focusing on the experience of nursing in neonatal care was developed using the narratives of six undergraduate children’s nursing students who had undergone a practice placement on a neonatal unit. An evaluation of the resource in relation to its contribution to learning for students in a new, specialised area of practice revealed that storytelling based on peers’ experiences is a valuable and insightful approach to learning. This is particularly important in a specialty such as neonatal care where the unfamiliarity of the environment and patient group can cause anxiety and uncertainty among students. Overall, the resource was seen to be useful to children’s nursing students who are preparing for a practice placement in an unfamiliar clinical area.

Nursing Children and Young People. 29, 2, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2017.e857

Correspondence

j.petty@herts.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 21 September 2016

Accepted: 09 November 2016

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