Developing the SVN CLEI: a novel psychometric instrument for evaluating the clinical learning environment of student veterinary nurses in the UK

Susan L Holt*, Mary Farrell, Richard H Corrigan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Student Veterinary Nurses (SVNs) in the United Kingdom can spend over half their training time within the clinical learning environment (CLE) of a training veterinary practice before achieving clinical competency. Socio-cultural complexities and poor management within the CLE may have a significant impact on the learning experiences of SVNs, as has been found in studies involving student human nurses. The aim of this research was to develop and validate an SVN CLE Inventory (CLEI), using Principal Component Analysis (PCA), via a cross-sectional design, based on inventories already established in human nursing CLEs. The SVN CLEI was distributed to SVNs via an online survey over a three-month period, which generated 271 responses. PCA resulted in a valid and reliable SVN CLEI with 25 Items across three Factors with a total variance explained of 61.004% and an overall Cronbach Alpha of 0.953. (Factor 1, Clinical Supervisor Support of Learning (α=0.935), Factor 2, Pedagogical Atmosphere of the Practice (α=0.924) and Factor 3, Opportunities for Engagement (α=0.698)). Gaining student feedback is a requirement set out by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Standards Framework for Student Veterinary
Nurse Education and Training, and the SVN CLEI can be used to complement the
current evaluation of the training veterinary practice CLE. This will facilitate
development towards a more comparable, consistent, and positive experience for SVNs during clinical training in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Student veterinary nurse training
  • clinical learning environment
  • clinical learning environment inventory
  • clinical supervisor
  • veterinary training practice

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