Indigenous nursing education trials and tribulations

Year: 2001

Author: Coleman, Mardhie

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing students' experience with learning and teaching in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the phenomenon. Aboriginal nursing students, academic nursing lecturers, Heads of Schools and Aboriginal Study Centre academics were asked to reflect on and describe their experiences with learning and teaching. A qualitative inquiry using phenomenology guided the research design and analysis. Van Kaam's (1966) method modified by Sandelowski and Pollock (1986) was used for data collection, analysis and assertion of the basic structure of the phenomena. Experiences, which contribute to the learning and teaching of indigenous nursing students, were identified; this is included policies implementation and collaboration involving the Aboriginal study centres. Findings from this study provide the first descriptive insight into the commonalities and differences these students experience whilst undertaking a nursing degree. Furthermore the findings add to nursing knowledge in regards to nurse educators' understanding of the Aboriginal nursing students' learning experience.